Stories tagged: "public schools"


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.

School staff pack grab-and-go meals for distribution to students and families at John H. Webster Elementary School in Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Feeding Pennsylvania Students: Why Many Are Urging Congress to Extend the Free Lunch Program

Right now, almost all students in the commonwealth are eligible for a free meal, but that ends with the school year and has not been extended. Many think it should.

At Wilson High School in West Lawn, students in the audience listen as former NBA basketball player Chris Herren speaks on April 13, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Lack of Emergency Order or Regulation Doomed PA School Mask Mandate

Justices said that Pennsylvania law gives the Department of Health broad authority to protect public health, but it doesn't permit the department "to act by whim in all matters concerning disease" without specific regulations that empower a mask mandate.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a rally to raise the state minimum wage Friday, July 9, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Wolf Vetoes GOP Bill to Post School Course Materials Online

Gov. Wolf said the bill, which would have required links or titles for every textbook and course summaries to be posted on district websites, "politicizes what is being taught in our schools.”

At Wilson High School in West Lawn, students in the audience listen as former NBA basketball player Chris Herren speaks on April 13, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Court Rules PA Mask Mandate Must Expire Dec. 4

The ruling comes a week after Commonwealth Court threw out the statewide mask mandate for school and child care facilities.

This Sept. 2021 photo shows Dunmore High School in Dunmore, Pa. Four teenagers have been charged with a plot to attack a Pennsylvania high school in 2024, on the 25th anniversary of the massacre at Colorado's Columbine High School, authorities said, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. A 15-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy are charged as adults and two other teenagers face juvenile charges in the plan to attack Dunmore High School, outside Scranton, on April 20, 2024, authorities said. (Jake Danna Stevens/The Times-Tribune via AP)
4 Accused of Plotting School Attack Near Scranton on Columbine Anniversary

A 15-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy are charged as adults and two other teenagers face juvenile charges in the plan to attack Dunmore High School on April 20, 2024.

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2020, file photo, rows of school buses are parked at their terminal, in Zelienople, Pa. Reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic means putting children on school buses, and districts are working on plans to limit the risk. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
No One Knows How to Best Protect the 26 Million Kids Who Take the Bus to School

School transportation plans are “just one of the many ways we’re seeing inequities playing out in this pandemic.”