Recommendation to replace Keystone Exams with SATs sparks concerns among education associations

Recommendation to replace Keystone Exams with SATs sparks concerns among education associations

A recommendation by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to replace the Keystone Exams with the SATs has brought mixed reactions from legislators and education associations. 

At a July 10 press conference, DePasquale outlined recommendations to save Pennsylvania money on the basis that implementing the SATs as the commonwealth’s standardized test would save “at least $1 million annually.” While education associations are not against looking at alternative standardized tests, many have expressed concerns about the validity of the cost estimate and the effects on curriculum and evaluation requirements.
Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
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With legalization in doubt, Democrats eye expedited pardons for marijuana convictions

With legalization in doubt, Democrats eye expedited pardons for marijuana convictions

Last week, Republican leaders in the General Assembly were clear about their stance on legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania: it’s not happening anytime soon.

 

And while Democrats will likely continue to levy pressure on their GOP colleagues, one state board plans to act on its own to provide relief to those with weighed down by consequences from past marijuana convictions.

Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Draw the Lines awards district map contest winners

Draw the Lines awards district map contest winners

Draw the Lines celebrated regional and statewide winners of their annual redistricting contest Tuesday in the State Capitol. Regular citizens from students to professionals took their shots at redrawing the congressional boundaries in the Keystone state to “slay the gerrymander.”
 
This is the second year the non-profit watchdog group has offered cash prizes to redraw the maligned congressional map in Pennsylvania. $30,000 was distributed for winners in regional and state competitions at the high school, collegiate, and adult levels.
Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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