Legislators make push to include mental and physical health disabilities in school curriculum

Legislators make push to include mental and physical health disabilities in school curriculum

In an effort to stymie the stigma that often follows an individual suffering from a mental health disability, state Representatives Dan Miller (D-Mt. Lebanon) and Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) have introduced legislation to add curriculum requirements for health classes across Pennsylvania to educate students in an age-appropriate manner about mental health, physical disabilities, and developmental disabilities. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Wolf administration to lower time schools spend on PSSAs

Wolf administration to lower time schools spend on PSSAs

Gov. Tom Wolf, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and school administrators from throughout the Central Pennsylvania region announced Monday a new initiative to lower the amount of time schools and students spend on the PSSA tests—a standardized assessment taken in grades three through eight.

Monday, August 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Wolf cabinet officials express concern over House-GOP budget plan’s impact on education, veterans programs

Wolf cabinet officials express concern over House-GOP budget plan’s impact on education, veterans programs

Two Pennsylvania cabinet-level officials have expressed concern in recent days about how the budget bill crafted by the House Republicans and passed largely along a party-line vote last month will affect the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Education.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PDE releases 2016 school performance profile report

PDE releases 2016 school performance profile report

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Thursday announced the release of the 2016 school performance profile (SPP) report.

 

The school performance profile is a publicly accessible database providing a performance grade for individual school buildings while providing a building level academic score for educators, providing information used in determining federal accountability status for Title 1 schools, and providing resources to support schools as they try to improve academic performance.

Thursday, October 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Department of Health provides Narcan to 128 public schools

Department of Health provides Narcan to 128 public schools

The Wolf administration—including the Department of Health and Department of Education—announced Thursday that 128 public schools will received the anti-overdose drug Narcan as part of a collaborative effort between the schools, the administration, and Adapt Pharma.

 

The public schools include traditional public schools, as well as charter schools, intermediate units, and career and technical centers.

 

“I am grateful to Adapt Pharma, the Department of Health, and participating public schools for doing their part in fighting against the opioid epidemic,” said Gov. Wolf. “By equipping trained professionals in schools with this drug, we are providing necessary resources in order to address this public health crisis.”

Thursday, October 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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