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Public News Service - PA: Education

Demand for high school graduates with technical education is growing. (trapezemike/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's career and technical education centers, or CTCs, need additional funding in the next state budget, according to a new report. There are 74 CTCs in the state, preparing some 55,000 high school students to enter a variety of fields as soon as they graduate. Las

More than 270,000 children with disabilities attend Pennsylvania schools. (akshayapatra/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Education advocates want Gov. Tom Wolf to include increased funding in the next state budget for some of the state's most marginalized students. A letter to the governor from the Education Law Center asks him to propose an increase of at least $400 million for basic educati

Education advocacy groups say racial disparities in school discipline start as early as preschool. (falco/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA - Education advocates are condemning a Federal Commission on School Safety report that recommends ending Obama-era policies against discriminatory discipline practices in schools. Studies have shown that black and brown students are punished more frequently and more harshly than are th

Without surrogate parents, a young person who is unaccompanied and homeless cannot enforce their right to educational services. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Students with disabilities who are homeless in Pennsylvania have won an important victory. Following an investigation into the plights of two students in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has been ordered to issue specific guidance to all school districts

About 33 percent of Pennsylvania's foster-care population is age 14 or older. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania could do more to prepare young people in foster care for adulthood - but Allegheny County is making real progress. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed that young people transitioning out of foster care lag behind their peers in several key areas. Ma

Pennsylvanias high school graduation rate of 86 percent is above the national average. (greymatters/Pixabay)

HARRSIBURG, Pa. — This is American Education Week, a chance to celebrate public schools and recognize the valuable work of all those who contribute to children's education. American Education Week has been celebrated nationally every year since 1921. Rich Askey, vice president of the Pennsyl

Since 2009, special-education costs in Pennsylvania have risen by $1.54 billion, but state funding has increased only $72 million. (ernestoeslava/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Local school districts are picking up more and more of the costs of special education as state funding lags, according to a new report. On average, the Education Law Center report said, the share of special-education funding that comes from local districts grew by 9 percent ove

Pennsylvania's Early Intervention Services can help identify and overcome learning problems before children start preschool, but not all parents are aware of the program. (rbalouria/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania children at risk of falling behind their peers in preschool and kindergarten can get help to prepare them for school. Early childhood education can give children a huge boost, educators say, but those with physical or developmental disabilities, who are homeless o

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