Education

Capitol Beat

State panel advances Dem-backed report with school funding recommendations

The report suggests that $5.4 billion is needed to close a statewide education adequacy gap.

Philadelphia

A sustainability-focused VC founder just took over Penn’s board of trustees

Five things to know about Ramanan Raghavendran, a University of Pennsylvania alumnus who cofounded investment firm Amasia.

Education

Advocates who won education lawsuit call for $2B ‘down payment’ on fair funding

‘We are prepared to go back to court to uphold the rights of those communities,’ Deborah Gordon Klehr of the Education Law Center said

Education

Penn Board Chair Scott Bok steps down following Liz Magill’s resignation

After months of increasing scrutiny and controversy over her response to antisemitism at the Ivy League institution, Magill’s tenure came to an end via university-wide email on Saturday.

Philadelphia

Penn President Liz Magill facing growing calls to resign

Magill’s testimony in front of Congress – and her response to antisemitic rhetoric – sparked outcry from local and national leaders

Ethics

Pa. Supreme Court will consider whether officials’ Facebook posts are public records

A Crawford County lawyer sought school board members’ posts about an LGBTQ+ book display

Education

Opinion: A report card shows improvement is needed on education options

A new report by the Heritage Foundation makes the argument for improving school choice in Pennsylvania.

Capitol Beat

Shapiro’s first press club luncheon address: working with a divided legislature, RGGI, school funding and more

The governor said his ‘get stuff done’ attitude helped his administration hit the ground running

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.

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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.

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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