Wolf cabinet officials express concern over House-GOP budget plan’s impact on education, veterans programs

Wolf cabinet officials express concern over House-GOP budget plan’s impact on education, veterans programs

Two Pennsylvania cabinet-level officials have expressed concern in recent days about how the budget bill crafted by the House Republicans and passed largely along a party-line vote last month will affect the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Education.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PDE releases 2016 school performance profile report

PDE releases 2016 school performance profile report

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Thursday announced the release of the 2016 school performance profile (SPP) report.

 

The school performance profile is a publicly accessible database providing a performance grade for individual school buildings while providing a building level academic score for educators, providing information used in determining federal accountability status for Title 1 schools, and providing resources to support schools as they try to improve academic performance.

Thursday, October 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Department of Health provides Narcan to 128 public schools

Department of Health provides Narcan to 128 public schools

The Wolf administration—including the Department of Health and Department of Education—announced Thursday that 128 public schools will received the anti-overdose drug Narcan as part of a collaborative effort between the schools, the administration, and Adapt Pharma.

 

The public schools include traditional public schools, as well as charter schools, intermediate units, and career and technical centers.

 

“I am grateful to Adapt Pharma, the Department of Health, and participating public schools for doing their part in fighting against the opioid epidemic,” said Gov. Wolf. “By equipping trained professionals in schools with this drug, we are providing necessary resources in order to address this public health crisis.”

Thursday, October 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

Gov. Tom Wolf and Education Sec. Pedro Rivera Wednesday announced the formation of a new division within the Pennsylvania Department of Education aimed at accountability and improving quality in charter schools.

 

The announcement said the new Division of Charter Schools will provide technical support and guidance to charter schools to help them increase student performance, parent and community involvement, and ensure financial and academic responsibility.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General: School districts feel like the Department of Education does not help them

Auditor General: School districts feel like the Department of Education does not help them

In releasing a much anticipated performance audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the state Board of Education Tuesday, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said a culture within the department has existed over the last several years that leaves local school districts feeling as though they have been forgotten.

DePasquale pointed out his audit revealed—among other things—that PDE has left 561 academically challenged schools (with around 310,000 students) without adequate support.

“It is absolutely stunning…that basically, the Department of Education is overlooking some Title 1 schools and every poor performing school that is not Title 1,” he said. “It does worry me that it appears the department is doing the bare minimum to get by.”

Along with the failure to provide adequate support, the audit found three other major failures, including the lack of an updated master plan from the State Board, poor hiring practices with regard to annuitants, and a failure to monitor special advisors and assistants.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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