Stories tagged: "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.

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.

Courtesy of Empire Beauty School
New Laws Look Good For Aspiring Barbers and Cosmetologists

Cosmetology and barber schools in Pennsylvania are hands-on, but not completely. New law allows more theory-based education to be done virtually.

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More Than 550,000 Public Service Workers Closer to Being Debt Free Thanks to New Changes to Loan Program

Recently announced changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program will help almost 59,000 public service workers from Pennsylvania on the path to loan forgiveness realize their goal sooner.

Angelina DeChristopher, a ninth grade student, works with Brandywine Heights High School art teacher Jennilee Miller on March 1, 2021, in Longswamp Twp. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
PA Republicans Advance Mask Opt-Out Bill for Students

The law would allow parents and guardians to overrule any mask mandate imposed by the state Department of Health, a local health department, or a school board.

Learning support teacher Sabrina Werley holds the bottle of hand sanitizer for a student at Cumru Elementary School in Berks County. (Reading Eagle Photo via Getty Images/ Ben Hasty)
PA GOP Fights School Mask Safeguard as COVID Cases Continue to Rise

As coronavirus case numbers continue to climb, especially among school-aged children, Republicans want to end the mask requirement in schools and daycares.

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)
Loophole Allows Some Pennsylvania Students to Avoid Masking

Spot checks of about 50 school districts revealed at least a dozen around the state are using exemption forms that don't require a medical professional's signature, making it easy for parents to opt out on behalf of their children.