Education


Rep. Emily Kinkead (D-Allegheny) and state Sen. Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) announce legislation for the no-cost school lunch program at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Sept. 21, 2022. (Courtesy: PA House of Representatives)
Democratic State Lawmakers Want to Bring Back Free School Lunch Program

Lindsey Williams and Emily Kinkead have proposed taking $275 million from the state budget and using it for a free school lunch program aimed at combating child hunger and improving academic success.

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Penn, Carnegie Mellon Rank Among Top Colleges According to US News

More than a dozen Pennsylvania colleges and universities ranked among the top 250 universities in the nation, according to US News and World Report’s recent rankings.

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Gov. Wolf Announces Free School Breakfast Program

More than 1.7 million Pennsylvania children enrolled in public schools, intermediate units, charter schools, career and technology schools, and child care institutions are eligible.

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Biden Cancels Student Loan Debt, Extends Repayment Pause, Announces Reforms for Future Repayments

Biden’s executive order will cancel $10,000 in debt for anyone who went to college and earns less than $125,000; $20,000 for borrowers who also received Pell Grants and meet the income threshold; and dramatically reduces monthly payments for low- and middle-income borrowers moving forward.

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Report: 1 in 12 Pennsylvania High School Students Have Attempted Suicide

In Pennsylvania, the percentage of children with depression or anxiety has increased over the years, mirroring a national trend that shows children are in the midst of a mental health crisis.

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Six in 10 Voters Support Extending Pause on Student Loans and Canceling At Least $10,000 in Loans

Voters under 45 support student debt cancelation in overwhelming numbers, and new polling from Courier Newsroom and Data for Progress shows canceling some amount of federal student loan debt could be a political winner for President Joe Biden.

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The Wolf Administration Has a Plan to Address Pennsylvania’s Teacher Shortage

The Wolf administration released a 20-page educator workforce strategy, outlining its plans to recruit and retain educators while building a more diverse workforce by 2025.