PA Parents Weigh In On Education Funding

Sep 26, 2016

As part of the Keystone Crossroads' continued look at education funding in Pennsylvania, multimedia journalist Jessica Kourkounis set out across the state to speak to parents about how they were feeling. 

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(WRVO) Utica College is welcoming its largest freshman class ever. The private school's officials say it's just one of the many benefits it's seeing from the "reset" of undergraduate tuition rates. It dropped from $35,000 a year to $20,000. 

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Members of the professor's union at Corning Community College are rallying tonight on campus to garner support during an impasse with the administration.

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A second school that emphasizes a project-based learning strategy has opened its doors in central New York.

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The Common Core learning standards have been in place for a few years now. A lot of the news coverage in New York has been about Common Core-aligned tests. But tests are just one piece of the puzzle.

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(WRVO) Colleges and universities in central New York are reaching out to ITT Technical Institute students after the school announced it would be closing all of its campuses across the country. 

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(Harrisburg) -- This election season has frequently been called unusual, at the very least, and that's due in no small part to the unexpected candidacy of Republican Donald Trump.

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The New York State Education Department has hired a chief privacy officer to protect student and teacher data. Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the appointment of Temitope Akinyemi on Wednesday.

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Pennsylvania continues to wrestle with an essential question for the future of its people and its economy: What should a high school diploma mean, and what should it take to earn one? In the past decade, the state has moved towards prioritizing standardized testing as a graduation requirement. But the pendulum now seems to be swinging in the opposite direction. 

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The state’s education commissioner said she’s fighting a proposal by her predecessor, now the federal education secretary, to punish schools with a high opt-out rate from the standardized tests.