News & Politics

Penn, Lafayette among schools under federal hate probe

The U.S. Department of Education has launched investigations into seven schools over alleged incidents of antisemitism and Islamophobia

General Assembly

PA Senate approves university funding, omnibus school code bill

Lawmakers also passed a bill that would require state-related universities to release more information about their finances and operations.

News & Politics

School board elections show clear gains for Dems, underwhelming results for GOP

Republicans were able to win a smattering of seats in central Pennsylvania.

Economic Development

Opinion: Invent Penn State should get the funding it needs to reinvigorate innovation in the state

Harrisburg needs to recognize the importance of the university’s LaunchBox and Innovation Network – and invest in it.


Philadelphia students navigate school without access to school libraries

The number of school librarians in Philadelphia has declined over the past decade, from about 57 in the 2012-13 school year to just one in the 2023-24 school year


Report: Student loan repayments will likely crimp tax revenue

States and cities will likely get less in sales tax revenue. Because borrowers will have less discretionary income, states and cities will likely see less tax revenue, a recent Pew report says.

Campaigns & Elections

Candidates say the darndest things – at a mayoral forum for Philly schoolkids

More than 100 students from Parkside community schools spoke with the mayoral nominees about the future of the city Tuesday


Strike averted: Local 634 reaches tentative agreement with School District of Philadelphia

The union’s 1,900 members work in food service, climate and safety throughout the district

News & Politics

Philly school staff strike could begin Saturday

Nearly 2,000 cafeteria workers and climate staff, members of Unite Here Local 634, are seeking a new contract


A Q&A with L&I Secretary Nancy Walker

City & State speaks with Walker on workforce challenges across the state

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Special Report

The race to ensure PA remains an innovation hub

With other states fast encroaching on its turf, a new commitment to being business- and workforce development-friendly is the order of the day across the commonwealth.

Special Report

Alternatives to college are creating a new career pipeline

An increasing number of substitutes for four-year colleges are preparing students for well-paying, in-demand careers.


Lawmakers hear from parents, school leaders on school choice policies

The hearing comes as another legislative body plans to hold a statewide tour on education funding.

Gun Control

Mary Gay Scanlon joins Philly advocates in calling for assault weapons ban

The Democratic congresswoman met with gun control and public school advocates in Philadelphia Thursday


With billions in clean energy grants on the way, states get a leg up on applications

To help school districts come up with the rest of the money they’ll need to take advantage of the federal funds, state Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler is proposing setting aside enough state money to pay half of the cost of solar panels