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Public News Service - PA: Education

The plan signed by Gov. Tom Wolf could eliminate up to two full days of testing at some schools. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Educators are giving Gov. Tom Wolf high marks for announcing he'll reduce classroom time spent on standardized tests. The governor announced Monday that he plans to cut the time students spend taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSAs, by 20 percent for grades

Pennsylvania ranks 47th out of 50 states for state funding per capita for higher education. (William Yurasako/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As college campuses ramp up for the fall semester, students at Pennsylvania's public universities are among those paying the most for a higher education compared to other states. Total costs for students at the state's 14 public universities have jumped by almost $10,000 a

Under Pennsylvania law, every child is entitled to a free public school education. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Harrisburg School District has issued new guidelines on a policy that prevented several refugee children from enrolling, but advocates for those children fear the changes may not go far enough. The old policy didn't allow children younger than eight to enroll more than

Nationally, more than 5,000 schools are in ZIP codes with areas designated as high-risk flood zones. (Marvin Nauman/FEMA)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Public schools in every state, including Pennsylvania, are at risk of damage from floods, according to a new report. The Pew Charitable Trusts did a county-by-county assessment of the flood risk at public schools in all 50 states. Floods don't just affect communities such

Juliet Evancho and Elissa Ridenour, two of the plaintiffs in the Pennsylvania lawsuit. (Lambda Legal)

PITTSBURGH - A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit over a Pennsylvania school district's transgender-bathroom policy. Known as Resolution 2, the policy adopted by the Pine-Richland school board last September required transgender students to use either facilities that match the gender

Despite increases, advocates estimate Pennsylvania needs to invest $3 billion more in public education. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA – The state budget that passed the General Assembly last week gives some critical extra funding to education, but advocates say it's still far short of what's needed. The budget passed on Friday, barely making the deadline. It increases basic education funding by $100 million, a

The budget agreement adds $25 million for pre-Kindergarten programs and $4.77 million for Head Start. (Gov. Tom Wolf)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The budget agreement passed by Pennsylvania's General Assembly gives a big boost to early childhood education. The bipartisan spending plan adds $25 million for the state's Pre-K Counts program, and almost $5 million for Head Start. Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylv

Bill 383 would allow school teachers and other personnel to have access to firearms in school buildings. (Webmaster102/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A leading teachers' organization is strongly opposing a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools. Sponsors of Senate Bill 383 claim the bill would provide for the "protection and defense of pupils." But Dolores McCracken, vice president of the Pennsylvania State

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