'; } // return array of supporters (Supporter,Link), selected randomly function randomSupporters($limit = false) { $sql = "Select * from ActiveSupporters"; if ($limit) $sql .= " limit $num"; $result = mysql_query($sql); $res = array(); if ($result) { while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result)) { $link = trim($row['Website'] != ''?$row['Website']: ($row['FacebookFollowing']?$row['Facebook']: ($row['TwitterFollowing']?$row['Twitter']: ($row['GooglePlusFollowing']?$row['GooglePlus']: ($row['OtherSocialMedia']?$row['OtherSocialMedia']:false) ) ) ) ); if ($link && strncasecmp($link,'http:',5)) $link = 'http://'.$link; $res[] = array('Supporter'=>$row['GroupName'],'Link'=>$link); } } return $res; } // return Weekly Audience Average function weeklyAudienceAverage() { $sql = "select * from BrochureGeneral where Dname='WeeklyAudienceAverage'"; $result = mysql_query($sql); $row = mysql_fetch_array($result); if ($row) return $row['DValue']; } ?> Public News Service Newscasts https://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php Public News Service The Public News Service provides reporting on a wide range of social, community, and environmental issues for mainstream and alternative media. Public News Service info@publicnewsservice.org no New Law Gives PA Foster Kids a College Boost Fri, 26 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-07-26/education/new-law-gives-pa-foster-kids-a-college-boost/a67281-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-07-26/education/new-law-gives-pa-foster-kids-a-college-boost/a67281-1 (Read More)]]> Children's Education Poverty Youth Report Says PA Charter Schools Underperforming Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-06-06/education/report-says-pa-charter-schools-underperforming/a66703-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-06-06/education/report-says-pa-charter-schools-underperforming/a66703-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Consumer Education Youth PA Lawmakers Consider Staffing of School Nurses, Counselors Mon, 13 May 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-05-13/education/pa-lawmakers-consider-staffing-of-school-nurses-counselors/a66452-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-05-13/education/pa-lawmakers-consider-staffing-of-school-nurses-counselors/a66452-1 (Read More)]]> Children's Education Health Mental Health Youth PA House Committee Approves Private Schools Voucher Increase Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-05-03/education/pa-house-committee-approves-private-schools-voucher-increase/a66363-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-05-03/education/pa-house-committee-approves-private-schools-voucher-increase/a66363-1 will benefit the rich at the expense of public education, according to public-school advocates in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania House Education Committee this week voted to approve a $100 million increase for the Education Improvement Tax Credit, a school voucher program that pays tuition at private and religious schools. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Early Childhood Education Education Youth Appeals Court Rejects PA Religion-Based Discrimination Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-24/lgbtqia-issues/appeals-court-rejects-pa-religion-based-discrimination/a66255-2 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-24/lgbtqia-issues/appeals-court-rejects-pa-religion-based-discrimination/a66255-2 ruling by a federal appeals court. Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia had claimed it has a constitutional right to use religious criteria to turn away qualified same-sex couples who wanted to open their homes to foster children. The ACLU of Pennsylvania represented the Support Center for Child Advocates and Philadelphia Family Pride, which intervened in the case. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Civil Rights Family/Father Issues LGBTQIA Issues Social Justice Youth PA Designates Official State Amphibian Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-24/environment/pa-designates-official-state-amphibian/a66255-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-24/environment/pa-designates-official-state-amphibian/a66255-1 (Read More)]]> Civic Engagement Endangered Species & Wildlife Environment Water Youth Report: More Work Needed to Ensure Kinship Care in PA Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-04/childrens-issues/report-more-work-needed-to-ensure-kinship-care-in-pa/a66049-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-04-04/childrens-issues/report-more-work-needed-to-ensure-kinship-care-in-pa/a66049-1 Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children's 10th Annual State of Child Welfare report says between 2015 and 2017, referrals to general protective services increased 24% – the highest ever recorded – placing a strain on the state's foster-care system. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Family/Father Issues Youth Victory for PA Students with Disabilities, English Learners Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-03-28/education/victory-for-pa-students-with-disabilities-english-learners/a65976-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-03-28/education/victory-for-pa-students-with-disabilities-english-learners/a65976-1 settlement between the U.S. Justice Department and Pennsylvania's Department of Education will mean significant changes in the state's disciplinary education programs. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Civil Rights Disabilities Education Juvenile Justice Youth School Administrators Urged to Support Transgender Students Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-02-26/lgbtqia-issues/school-administrators-urged-to-support-transgender-students/a65653-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-02-26/lgbtqia-issues/school-administrators-urged-to-support-transgender-students/a65653-1 open letter to the Eastern Lancaster County School District supporting its policy allowing students to use facilities that match their gender identity. ...(Read More)]]> Civil Rights Education LGBTQIA Issues Youth State Funding for Career and Technical Schools Falls Short Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-01-30/education/state-funding-for-career-and-technical-schools-falls-short/a65377-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-01-30/education/state-funding-for-career-and-technical-schools-falls-short/a65377-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Education Livable Wages/Working Families Poverty Youth Career and Technical Education Needs More State Funding Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-01-11/education/career-and-technical-education-needs-more-state-funding/a65178-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2019-01-11/education/career-and-technical-education-needs-more-state-funding/a65178-1 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. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Education Youth Education Advocates: Ending School Discipline Guidance Won't Improve Safety Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-12-19/education/education-advocates-ending-school-discipline-guidance-wont-improve-safety/a64982-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-12-19/education/education-advocates-ending-school-discipline-guidance-wont-improve-safety/a64982-1 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 their white peers for similar or lesser infractions. According to Raynelle Brown Staley, policy director at the Education Law Center, ending the policies won't change the law - discrimination based on race, disability or identity will still be illegal - but if the change goes into effect, it will have an impact. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Civil Rights Education Youth A Win for PA Students with Disabilities Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-12-06/education/a-win-for-pa-students-with-disabilities/a64833-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-12-06/education/a-win-for-pa-students-with-disabilities/a64833-1 Pennsylvania Department of Education has been ordered to issue specific guidance to all school districts on their legal obligation to assign surrogate parents to students with disabilities who are living on their own. Paige Joki, an attorney with the Education Law Center, points out that without surrogate parents, students have no way to enforce their legal right to get the educational services they need. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Disabilities Education Housing/Homelessness Social Justice Youth PA Kids' Uninsured Rate Stagnant, Bucking Nat'l. Trend Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-11-29/childrens-issues/pa-kids-uninsured-rate-stagnant-bucking-natl-trend/a64757-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-11-29/childrens-issues/pa-kids-uninsured-rate-stagnant-bucking-natl-trend/a64757-1 Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The research found no state made progress to get more children insured between 2016 and 2017 – and at least Pennsylvania didn't backslide. Report co-author Joan Alker, executive director of the center, explains that the Children's Health Insurance Program or CHIP expired last year, and when Congress stalled on extending it, the loss of momentum had a big impact. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Health Poverty Social Justice Youth Older Youth in PA Foster Care Struggle to Succeed Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-11-14/youth-issues/older-youth-in-pa-foster-care-struggle-to-succeed/a64635-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-11-14/youth-issues/older-youth-in-pa-foster-care-struggle-to-succeed/a64635-1 A new report from the Annie E. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Education Family/Father Issues Housing/Homelessness Youth Public Colleges Increasingly Separate and Unequal Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-11-13/education/public-colleges-increasingly-separate-and-unequal/a64607-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-11-13/education/public-colleges-increasingly-separate-and-unequal/a64607-1 from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, found that all 41 states that have selective public colleges fund them at higher rates per student than their open enrollment colleges. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Civil Rights Education Human Rights/Racial Justice Youth American Education Week Celebrates Schools, Teachers Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-11-12/education/american-education-week-celebrates-schools-teachers/a64562-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-11-12/education/american-education-week-celebrates-schools-teachers/a64562-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Education Youth New PA Laws Support Kinship Caregivers Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-10-30/childrens-issues/new-pa-laws-support-kinship-caregivers/a64464-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-10-30/childrens-issues/new-pa-laws-support-kinship-caregivers/a64464-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Family/Father Issues Senior Youth State Budget Stops Philly Tobacco Regulations Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-05/health-issues/state-budget-stops-philly-tobacco-regulations/a63175-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-07-05/health-issues/state-budget-stops-philly-tobacco-regulations/a63175-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Health Smoking Prevention Youth PA Kids Make Gains, But Census Undercount Could Hinder Progress Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-06-27/childrens-issues/pa-kids-make-gains-but-census-undercount-could-hinder-progress/a63078-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-06-27/childrens-issues/pa-kids-make-gains-but-census-undercount-could-hinder-progress/a63078-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Census Children's Early Childhood Education Education Poverty Youth Bill Introduced to Make College Free in PA Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-06-08/education/bill-introduced-to-make-college-free-in-pa/a62832-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-06-08/education/bill-introduced-to-make-college-free-in-pa/a62832-1 PA Promise", would eliminate college tuition and fees for recent high school graduates from families with incomes of $110,000 dollars a year or less. ...(Read More)]]> Consumer Education Poverty Youth GAO Gives Green Light for CHIP Cuts Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-05-23/budget-policy-and-priorities/gao-gives-green-light-for-chip-cuts/a62631-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-05-23/budget-policy-and-priorities/gao-gives-green-light-for-chip-cuts/a62631-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Education Youth Report Calls for Reforming Juvenile Probation Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-05-10/juvenile-justice/report-calls-for-reforming-juvenile-probation/a62474-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-05-10/juvenile-justice/report-calls-for-reforming-juvenile-probation/a62474-1 (Read More)]]> Children's Criminal Justice Juvenile Justice Youth Poll Shows Strong Support for More Education Aid Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-05-04/education/poll-shows-strong-support-for-more-education-aid/a62398-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-05-04/education/poll-shows-strong-support-for-more-education-aid/a62398-1 a new poll. The poll, conducted for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center by the polling firm TargetSmart, found that almost six in ten respondents favor making full funding of K-through-12 public education a top legislative priority. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Education Youth Cancer Patients, Survivors Urge PA Lawmakers to Act Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-18/health-issues/cancer-patients-survivors-urge-pa-lawmakers-to-act/a62235-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-18/health-issues/cancer-patients-survivors-urge-pa-lawmakers-to-act/a62235-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Health Smoking Prevention Youth Education Advocates Call for Boost in Special-Ed Funding Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-12/education/education-advocates-call-for-boost-in-special-ed-funding/a62164-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-12/education/education-advocates-call-for-boost-in-special-ed-funding/a62164-1 (Read More)]]> Children's Disabilities Education Youth Education Groups Urge PA Legislators to Reject Militarization of Schools Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-03-16/education/education-groups-urge-pa-legislators-to-reject-militarization-of-schools/a61838-2 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-03-16/education/education-groups-urge-pa-legislators-to-reject-militarization-of-schools/a61838-2 (Read More)]]> Children's Education Health Human Rights/Racial Justice Youth Advocates: Supporting Kinship Care Good for Kids, PA Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-03-13/childrens-issues/advocates-supporting-kinship-care-good-for-kids-pa/a61802-2 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-03-13/childrens-issues/advocates-supporting-kinship-care-good-for-kids-pa/a61802-2 (Read More)]]> Children's Education Family/Father Issues Health Senior Youth DACA Appeal Heads to Supreme Court Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-15/immigrant-issues/daca-appeal-heads-to-supreme-court/a61463-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-15/immigrant-issues/daca-appeal-heads-to-supreme-court/a61463-1 (Read More)]]> Civil Rights Human Rights/Racial Justice Immigrant Social Justice Youth Report Outlines Plan for Free Tuition at PA Colleges Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-01-24/education/report-outlines-plan-for-free-tuition-at-pa-colleges/a61159-2 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-01-24/education/report-outlines-plan-for-free-tuition-at-pa-colleges/a61159-2 "The Pennsylvania Promise," was unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Consumer Education Poverty Youth Report: Adolescents in Foster Care Have Real Developmental Needs Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-12-18/childrens-issues/report-adolescents-in-foster-care-have-real-developmental-needs/a60689-2 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-12-18/childrens-issues/report-adolescents-in-foster-care-have-real-developmental-needs/a60689-2 report from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative said scientific findings show brain development continues past the age of 20. It also said young people in foster care need the same opportunities to learn, explore and develop as those in intact families. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Family/Father Issues Juvenile Justice Mental Health Youth School Voucher Bills Called a Bad Deal for PA Schools Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-12-13/education/school-voucher-bills-called-a-bad-deal-for-pa-schools/a60619-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-12-13/education/school-voucher-bills-called-a-bad-deal-for-pa-schools/a60619-1 Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 1717 would allow parents to pay private school tuition with public money. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Civil Rights Disabilities Education Poverty Youth Student Hellbender Bill Passes Senate Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-11-17/environment/student-hellbender-bill-passes-senate/a60325-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-11-17/environment/student-hellbender-bill-passes-senate/a60325-1 (Read More)]]> Animal Welfare Endangered Species & Wildlife Environment Water Youth House CHIP Bill Cuts Public Health Services Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-11-06/health-issues/house-chip-bill-cuts-public-health-services/a60153-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-11-06/health-issues/house-chip-bill-cuts-public-health-services/a60153-1 CHIP. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Consumer Health Livable Wages/Working Families Poverty Youth Report Shows Wide Disparities in Opportunities for PA Kids Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-10-25/education/report-shows-wide-disparities-in-opportunities-for-pa-kids/a60004-2 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-10-25/education/report-shows-wide-disparities-in-opportunities-for-pa-kids/a60004-2 The 2017 "Race for Results" report from the Annie E. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Early Childhood Education Education Human Rights/Racial Justice Immigrant Poverty Youth Court Limits Reach of School Discipline Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-10-09/civil-rights/court-limits-reach-of-school-discipline/a59738-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-10-09/civil-rights/court-limits-reach-of-school-discipline/a59738-1 (Read More)]]> Civil Rights Education Juvenile Justice Social Justice Youth Court Rules PA Parents Can Challenge State Education Funding Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-10-02/education/court-rules-pa-parents-can-challenge-state-education-funding/a59639-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-10-02/education/court-rules-pa-parents-can-challenge-state-education-funding/a59639-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Civil Rights Consumer Education Poverty Youth Budget Impasse Called Man-Made Disaster for Schools Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-09-14/education/budget-impasse-called-man-made-disaster-for-schools/a59426-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-09-14/education/budget-impasse-called-man-made-disaster-for-schools/a59426-1 (Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Early Childhood Education Education Youth Plan to Reduce Standardized Testing Draws Praise Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-08-16/education/plan-to-reduce-standardized-testing-draws-praise/a59008-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-08-16/education/plan-to-reduce-standardized-testing-draws-praise/a59008-1 (Read More)]]> Children's Education Youth Are New School Policies Fair Enough to Refugee Children? Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-08-04/education/are-new-school-policies-fair-enough-to-refugee-children/a58833-2 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-08-04/education/are-new-school-policies-fair-enough-to-refugee-children/a58833-2 issued new guidelines on a policy that prevented several refugee children from enrolling, but advocates for those children fear the changes may not go far enough. The old policy didn't allow children younger than eight to enroll more than two weeks into the school year. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Civil Rights Education Immigrant Youth Schools at Risk in PA Flood Zones Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-08-03/education/schools-at-risk-in-pa-flood-zones/a58821-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-08-03/education/schools-at-risk-in-pa-flood-zones/a58821-1 The Pew Charitable Trusts did a county-by-county assessment of the flood risk at public schools in all 50 states. ...(Read More)]]> Education Environment Water Youth Settlement Ends Discriminatory School Bathroom Policy Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-08-02/lgbtqia-issues/settlement-ends-discriminatory-school-bathroom-policy/a58792-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-08-02/lgbtqia-issues/settlement-ends-discriminatory-school-bathroom-policy/a58792-1 A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit over a Pennsylvania school district's transgender-bathroom policy. Known as Resolution 2, the policy adopted by the Pine-Richland school board last September required transgender students to use either facilities that match the gender on their birth certificates or separate, single-occupancy facilities. Three transgender students, who had been using facilities appropriate to their gender identities sued. ...(Read More)]]> Civil Rights Education LGBTQIA Issues Youth EPA Holds Hearing on Methane Rule Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-07-11/environment/epa-holds-hearing-on-methane-rule/a58466-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-07-11/environment/epa-holds-hearing-on-methane-rule/a58466-1 EPA's proposal to suspend a rule regulating methane leaks. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and leaks also include carcinogenic chemicals such as benzene and asthma-inducing volatile organic compounds. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Climate Change/Air Quality Energy Policy Environment Health Youth Teachers Oppose Guns-in-School Bill Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-06-29/education/teachers-oppose-guns-in-school-bill/a58325-2 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-06-29/education/teachers-oppose-guns-in-school-bill/a58325-2 Senate Bill 383 claim the bill would provide for the "protection and defense of pupils." But Dolores McCracken, vice president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, said she finds the idea of school personnel carrying firearms inside school buildings to be very disconcerting. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Education Gun Violence Prevention Youth Report Shows Improved Well-Being of PA Kids Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-06-13/childrens-issues/report-shows-improved-well-being-of-pa-kids/a58123-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-06-13/childrens-issues/report-shows-improved-well-being-of-pa-kids/a58123-1 KIDS COUNT Data Book, from the Annie E. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Early Childhood Education Education Health Poverty Youth Court Rules a Pencil is Not a Weapon Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-05-12/education/court-rules-a-pencil-is-not-a-weapon/a57665-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-05-12/education/court-rules-a-pencil-is-not-a-weapon/a57665-1 recent court ruling means schools will have to change a practice that has led to mandatory expulsion of students. The case centered on an incident involving a ten-year-old-girl in a Pittsburgh school who scratched a boy with a pencil after he touched her sexually. The school called the pencil a weapon and - exercising its mandatory policy on weapons in school - expelled the girl for a full year. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Civil Rights Disabilities Education Human Rights/Racial Justice Social Justice Youth PA Senate Committee to Vote on Guns in Schools Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-18/education/pa-senate-committee-to-vote-on-guns-in-schools/a57315-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-18/education/pa-senate-committee-to-vote-on-guns-in-schools/a57315-1 Senate Bill 383 is labeled as "providing for protection and defense of students." It would empower school districts to establish a policy to allow personnel who have a concealed-carry permit and training to have access to firearms in public school buildings. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Education Gun Violence Prevention Youth Report Details Harm of Transgender Exclusion Policies in Schools Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-13/lgbtqia-issues/report-details-harm-of-transgender-exclusion-policies-in-schools/a57248-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-13/lgbtqia-issues/report-details-harm-of-transgender-exclusion-policies-in-schools/a57248-1 >new report(Read More)]]> Civil Rights Education LGBTQIA Issues Social Justice Youth Report: Vouchers Fund PA Religious, Private Schools with Taxpayer Dollars Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-10/education/report-vouchers-fund-pa-religious-private-schools-with-taxpayer-dollars/a57195-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-10/education/report-vouchers-fund-pa-religious-private-schools-with-taxpayer-dollars/a57195-1 new report says millions of state dollars are being funneled to religious and private schools through two voucher programs. The Pennsylvania House has approved a bill to increase funding by $55 million over the current $125 million level for the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit and Educational Improvement Tax Credit. ...(Read More)]]> Budget Policy & Priorities Children's Education Youth PA Works to Put School Testing in Its Place Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-03-24/education/pa-works-to-put-school-testing-in-its-place/a56989-1 https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-03-24/education/pa-works-to-put-school-testing-in-its-place/a56989-1 the new policy brief by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's reliance on high-stakes, standardized tests for public school students is out of balance. ...(Read More)]]> Children's Education Youth