Schools en Proposal Would Let Teachers in PA Carry Guns on the Job <p>School shootings across the country have prompted studies on school safety in Pennsylvania, calls to boost security budgets and, now, legislation to allow school staff to carry firearms is on the table.<br /><br />A year ago, top lawmakers and the Corbett administration said they didn't want to talk about arming teachers in a bid to deter gun violence in schools, but that's exactly the debate state Sen. Don White (R-Indiana) wants to have.<br /> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 22152 at Grants for Guards Open to Public and Private Schools <p>Private schools will be able to compete for state grants to pay for armed security guards in Pennsylvania under a law recently signed by the governor.<br><br>Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati introduced the proposal in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. His spokesman, Drew Crompton, said the state already gives money to private schools, so allowing them to compete for the grants isn't so far removed from current practice.<br> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:23:04 +0000 Mary Wilson 12784 at PA Senator Introduces EpiPen Bill <p>A Pennsylvania senator is trying to make schools a little safer for children with life threatening allergies.</p><p>Pennsylvania Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny County) introduced legislation earlier this month that would require all Pennsylvania schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors, commonly known as EpiPens.</p><p>Senate Bill 898 is designed to help students going into anaphylactic shock after experiencing a potentially fatal allergic reaction.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:03:05 +0000 Michael Lynch 10322 at Plan Would Give Pennsylvania Schools Letter Grades <p>A state House proposal aims to make the state attach a simple letter grade to each school and school district in the commonwealth.<br><br>The A through F grades would be based on data that’s already being collected.<br><br>National education reform organization StudentsFirst supports the proposal.<br><br>State director Ashley DeMauro said the report cards would be based on student and teacher performance, relative progress and things like attendance and graduation rates.<br> Tue, 28 May 2013 01:09:39 +0000 Mary Wilson 10291 at