Education


US President Joe Biden announces student loan relief with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona (R) on August 24, 2022 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. - Biden announced that most US university graduates still trying to pay off student loans will get $10,000 of relief to address a decades-old headache of massive educational debt across the country. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
Biden’s New Student Loan Repayment Plan Would Help Millions of Working and Middle-Class Americans 

Under the new plan, borrowers who earn less than roughly $30,600 a year would owe $0 a month on their federal student loans, effectively pausing them. A borrower who’s in a family of four and makes less than roughly $62,400 would also see their payments paused.

Reading School District Superintendent Dr. Khalid N. Mumin hugs Laila Jones, 9, before the PIAA Class 6A championship at the Giant Center, Hershey. caption  Photo by Natalie Kolb 3/25/2017 (Photo By Natalie Kolb/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Shapiro Taps a Former Superintendent of the Year to Be Pennsylvania’s Education Secretary

Khalid Mumin is currently superintendent of the Lower Merion School District in suburban Philadelphia. He was previously superintendent for seven years at the majority Latino Reading School District.

Quakertown High School, Quakertown, Pa. (Photo: Quakertown Community School District)
Quakertown School District Preparing for Teacher Shortages as “Triple Pandemic” Hits

With a growing number of teachers and support staff falling ill, the Bucks County district has developed a “yellow alert” virtual learning plan for days when schools aren't sufficiently staffed.

Aerial view of Pennridge High School in Perkasie, Pa. (Pennridge School District)
Bucks County School Board Votes to Reduce High School Social Studies Credits

Despite strong community opposition, the Pennridge School Board approved paring down the number of social studies credits needed to graduate from four to three.

US President Joe Biden announces student loan relief with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona (R) on August 24, 2022 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. - Biden announced that most US university graduates still trying to pay off student loans will get $10,000 of relief to address a decades-old headache of massive educational debt across the country. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
Biden Administration Makes It Easier to Discharge Student Loan Debt Through Bankruptcy

Prior to this move, student loan debt—unlike credit card bills, medical bills, and most other forms of debt—was not eligible to be automatically wiped away when a person filed for bankruptcy.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 25: Student loan borrowers stage a rally in front of The White House to celebrate President Biden cancelling student debt and to begin the fight to cancel any remaining debt on August 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for We the 45m)
Here’s Where the Biden Administration’s Student Loan Relief Plan Stands

In the past week, two separate courts controlled by conservative judges have ruled against the Biden administration’s plan to cancel tens of thousands of dollars in federal student loan debt for millions of borrowers, putting that relief in jeopardy. 

Desks are arranged in a classroom at Panther Valley Elementary School, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Nesquehoning, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Pennsylvania Students’ Math and Reading Scores Fall From Pre-Pandemic Levels

Slipping math and reading scores among Pennsylvania’s fourth and eighth grade students are consistent with a national trend.