Education

Policy

Columnist Will Bunch talks higher education and how college has become a cultural flashpoint for people

In his new book, Bunch examines the political forces that drive people apart in what experts call the ‘college/non-college’ divide.

Policy

Inside Pennsylvania’s proposed ‘Parental Bill of Rights,’ which critics are calling homophobic

The legislation would place limits on teachings of sexual orientation and gender identity in younger grades.

Criminal Justice

Two children per classroom will lose a parent or sibling before age 18, experts say

State panel reports gun violence, overdoses and suicide are affecting children and youth more than ever before.

Labor

Angela Ferritto, Mark Lynch: These are the fresh faces on the front lines

The state’s top unions have welcomed a new generation of leaders in the midst of a youth movement in unionization: A City & State analysis.

News & Politics

PA education leaders reveal which teachers helped set them up for success

City & State walks lawmakers and advocates down memory lane in celebration of the new school year.

From the Editor

Editor’s Note: The bittersweet essence of September

How Holly McCaffrey’s story might serve as inspiration for kids starting up school again.

Education

Lindsey Williams calls for universal free school meals as pandemic-era meals provision ends

Williams is introducing legislation that would provide free school meals to all public school students.

Education

Pennsylvania pols react to Biden’s student loan cancellation plan

The Biden administration announced a plan to offer debt relief, drawing both praise and protest from many.

News & Politics

Mastriano’s education funding plan would devastate PA’s public schools, advocates say

‘We would have to be insane to support what (Mastriano) is offering’ said Ed Albert of the PA Association of Rural and Small Schools.

Education

Doug Mastriano calls for tuition freeze at four state-related universities

The GOP gubernatorial candidate says ‘families simply cannot afford a tuition hike’ in the current economy.

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Education

Now is the time to equitably fund Pennsylvania’s education system

In an op-ed, state Rep. Ben Sanchez addresses what he calls an ‘injustice’ within the state legislature when it comes to school funding.

This week's headlines

This week’s headlines: Budget talks continue as lawmakers focus on school curricula

A roundup of the week’s political news with no shortage of surprises during budget season.

Health Care

University of Pittsburgh funding could hinge on its fetal tissue research

Republican lawmakers are hoping to stop Pitt from using tissue obtained from elective abortions

Education

Members of the LGBTQ community denounce new, so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills

Two GOP-backed bills aimed at giving parents control over when their kids learn about sexual orientation is drawing ire

News & Politics

Barletta makes increased transparency in education a major focus point of his campaign

GOP candidate for governor expresses concern over sexually explicit material in schools.

Education

Fair funding fallout

A look back at the state’s education funding trial and where the General Assembly can go from here.