Stories tagged: "education"


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)
Attacks on Public Education Destroying Pennsylvania’s Teacher Pipeline

Pennsylvania is producing less than half as many teachers as it was a decade ago.

An American flag is in a classroom as students work on laptops in Newlon Elementary School early Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, which is one of 55 Discovery Link sites set up by Denver Public Schools where students are participating in remote learning in this time of the new coronavirus from a school in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Attacks On Public Education Accelerating In Pennsylvania, And Across The Country

And in Pennsylvania, the attacks have taken on an equally ugly tone, with dark-money funded parent groups driving a campaign of book banning and attacks on local school boards, and that money is scoring some victories.

Dark Money Gaining Ground In The War On Education

In Pennsylvania, this movement is taking shape in a number of ways. For example, the state legislature is currently evaluating the merits of HB 1532, which outlaws the teaching of “racist and sexist concepts” but accurately defines neither — making it impossible to know when a law has been broken.

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Biden Extends Freeze on Student Loan Payments Through Aug. 31

Borrowers have four more months until federal student loan debt payments resume. Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania are among those nationally calling for the president to do more.

The Schuylkill Valley Panthers play the Boiling Springs Bubblers in the District 3 Class 2A championship at Hersheypark Stadium in 2017. (Reading Eagle Photo via Getty Images/Jeremy Drey)
House Republicans Are Trying to Keep Trans Women Out of School Sports

The GOP-majority House Education Committee advanced a bill that would prohibit trans women from playing school sports in Pennsylvania.

Student teacher Olivia Vazquez leads students through their morning meeting at the Eliza B. Kirkbride School in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Vazquez is finishing up her last semester at Swarthmore College and hoping to help make sure immigrant students arriving in Philadelphia have a more supportive experience in school than she did growing up. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Why Can’t Republicans Get on Board With Common-Sense Education Initiatives?

Republicans refuse to take action on bills that would make Pennsylvania schools healthier, safer, and more inclusive.

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.