Education


FILE - Students walk on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa., Oct. 21, 2020. The Biden administration on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, extended a student loan moratorium that has allowed millions of Americans to put off debt payments during the pandemic. Under the action, payments on federal student loans will remain paused through May 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Biden Administration Extends Pause on Student Loan Payments Through May 1

Payments on federal student loans will remain paused, interest rates will remain at 0%, and debt collection efforts will be suspended.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a rally to raise the state minimum wage Friday, July 9, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Wolf Vetoes GOP Bill to Post School Course Materials Online

Gov. Wolf said the bill, which would have required links or titles for every textbook and course summaries to be posted on district websites, "politicizes what is being taught in our schools.”

Angelina DeChristopher, a ninth grade student, works with art teacher Jennilee Miller at Brandywine Heights High School in Longswamp Township, March 1, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Pennsylvania High Court Throws Out Mask Mandate For Schools

The justices announced their decision to invalidate the Wolf administration's statewide mandate for masks inside K-12 school buildings and child care facilities but did not issue a written opinion that explains their reasoning.

Neeli Bendapudi speaks during a meeting of the Penn State Board of Trustees, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in State College, Pa. The Penn State Board of Trustees voted Thursday to hire Bendapudi as president. She's first woman and first person of color to serve in that role for Penn State. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Penn State Hires First Woman, Person of Color to Head School

Neeli Bendapudi, a native of India, is currently the University of Louisville's president. She’ll take over as Penn State’s next president in June.

Sabrina Werley works with her 4th grade students in a math support class at Cumru Elementary School in Cumru Twp., April 14, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Court Throws Out Pennsylvania School Mask Mandate, Wolf Administration Plans Appeal

The judges said Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam's mandate did not comply with the state's laws about reviewing and approving regulations and was adopted without an existing disaster emergency declared by the governor.

Students in Sabrina Werley's 4th grade math support class at Cumru Elementary School in Berks County, April 14, 2021. (Reading Eagle Photo via Getty Images/Ben Hasty)
Wolf Expects to Let Schools Set Masking Rules in January

The governor said that, on Jan. 17, he expects to turn over decisions about masking to local school officials. The state's universal masking requirement for early learning programs and child care facilities will remain in place.

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Students Barred From Hockey Games After Vulgar Chants at Female Goalie

Armstrong High School students chanted vulgarities at the Mars Area High School team's female goalie during an Oct. 28 game between the Armstrong River Hawks and Mars Fightin' Planets.