Stories tagged: "public schools"

A student arrives for class at Upper Darby High School, Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in Drexel Hill, Pa. For some schools, the pandemic allowed experimentation to try new schedules. Large school systems including Denver, Philadelphia and Anchorage, Alaska, have been looking into later start times. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
We Asked, You Answered: Do You Think the Pennsylvania School Year Starts Too Early?

The academic year kicking off in August is now very much a thing. How do you feel about it?

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Back To School Time: Here’s Where to Score Free Backpacks and Supplies in Pennsylvania

If you are struggling with the cost of school supplies for your child, try hitting up one of these community events to score some free backpacks and supplies.

Desks are arranged in a classroom at Panther Valley Elementary School, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Nesquehoning, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
PASS Scholarship Proponents Collected $10 Million off Voucher Programs During the Pandemic

Voucher proponents such as the Commonwealth Foundation, the Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs and Jeffrey Yass collected close to $10 million in tax credits from the EITC and OSTC programs during the pandemic and now they’re advocating for more vouchers that’ll defund public education.

Rep. Rob Merski (D-Erie) speaking in Harrisburg about legislation to fix Pennsylvania's aging and toxic schools on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. (Photo: Sean Kitchen)
PA House Dems Renew Push to Fix Pennsylvania’s Aging and Toxic School Buildings

House Democrats hosted a press conference on Wednesday asking for increased funding to fix Pennsylvania’s aging and toxic schools. Their budget includes $350 million to fix exposure to asbestos, lead, mold, radon, and weather.

Front view of a yellow school bus parked in front of a hydro sub-station. (Getty Images)
New Electric School Buses to Reduce Pollution and Improve Safety in Pennsylvania

Ten school districts across Pennsylvania are in line to receive 88 electric school buses by the start of the 2024 school year, thanks to funding from President Biden’s infrastructure law. Aside from giving students a quieter and healthier ride to school, these buses can provide communities relief following natural disasters.

CORRECTS DAY/DATE TO FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2023 INSTEAD OF SATURDAY, FEB. 11 - A seventh grader carries her plate which consists of three bean chili, rice, mandarins and cherry tomatoes and baked chips during her lunch break at a local public school, Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A 2010 federal law that boosted nutrition standards for school meals may have helped curb obesity among America’s children _ even teenagers who can buy their own snacks, according to a study published Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Democratic State Lawmakers Propose Free School Lunch Program For K-12 Students

Sen. Lindsey Williams and Rep. 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.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 29: A student from Oakland Catholic High School receives comfort following the evacuation of her school after a call of an active shooter on March 29, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   Many schools, including Oakland Catholic and Pittsburgh Central Catholic, were targeted as part of what authorities are calling "computer-generated swatting calls." Many agencies, including state and municipal police, are conducting investigations. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Active Shooter Hoax Calls Target Dozens of Pennsylvania Schools

Local and state police responded to numerous threats of an active shooter Wednesday at dozens of schools throughout the state, prompting evacuations, lockdowns, and panic among students and parents alike.