PCCD committee polishes distribution of $70 million in school safety funding

PCCD committee polishes distribution of $70 million in school safety funding

Lawmakers, security and schooling experts laid the groundwork for the distribution of $70 million in state school safety funding Wednesday at the second meeting of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee.

The General Assembly allocated the funding under this year’s budget with a wide list of uses, from installing metal detectors or security cameras to providing training for teachers or ordering a threat assessment.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Philadelphia schools experiment with mental health program for students

Philadelphia schools experiment with mental health program for students

The Senate Appropriations Committee met at Temple University Tuesday to analyze the Philadelphia Healthy and Safe Schools Initiative that has kicked off in two inner-city elementary schools, Bethune and Kenderton.

Under Act 44, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine will work on implementing reforms at two K-8 schools in Philadelphia that take into account students’ mental health.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Wolf Administration urges schools to take advantage of more milk options

Wolf Administration urges schools to take advantage of more milk options

The Wolf Administration hosted a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss a federal change that now expands access to more types of milk for students. 

In the past schools needed a waiver to obtain one-percent flavored milk instead of just skim milk.

For the 2018-2019 school year schools are no longer required to gain a waiver to access one percent milk. The Wolf Administration is hoping to get the word out so schools will take advantage of the new flexibility.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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After week of controversy, Wagner uses press club to tout education plan

After week of controversy, Wagner uses press club to tout education plan

At a press luncheon Monday, gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner continued his campaign narrative that he, and not Gov. Tom Wolf, will be a true champion for public education, while criticizing media coverage of issues he sees as trivial.

Since June, his campaign has seized on two sets of remarks, one from Wolf himself, the other from a top aide, to claim that the governor wants to shift all school funding through the 2015 fair funding formula.

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale releases recommendations and findings from school safety task force report

DePasquale releases recommendations and findings from school safety task force report

On Monday afternoon Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted a press conference where he discussed the recommendations in the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force final report.
 

From April until June the task force held six regional round tables at schools where they listened to parents, students, school officials, law enforcement and others about their ideas on how to keep school safe and secure. 

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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