School Districts http://wesa.fm en Teacher Background Bill Passes Committee http://wesa.fm/post/teacher-background-bill-passes-committee <p>Legislation requiring stricter background checks for school employees has passed the &nbsp;Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee.</p><p>Under Senate Bill 46 applicants for teaching positions and other jobs that have direct contact with students must provide schools with information about past sexual misconduct investigations, discipline as a result of those investigations, and whether their teaching license has been suspended or revoked.</p><p>The prospective school must then contact the applicant's past employer to verify if they're being truthful.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 08:13:57 +0000 Tim Camerato 8454 at http://wesa.fm How Is Your School Doing? http://wesa.fm/post/how-your-school-doing <p></p><p><a href="http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/PSSA/2012/">How Is Your School Doing?</a> is an interactive tool that allows parents and residents to see how their district is performing. Enter a child's grade and demographic subdivision — white, black, male, female, etc. — and you'll be able to see how your school compares to others in your district, how your child's demographic is being served and where your school stacks up statewide.&nbsp; Developer and Pittsburgh Post Gazette Reporter, <strong>Andrew McGill</strong> talks about how the program works.</p><p><em>This segment originally aired on Essential Pittsburgh on October 30, 2012</em> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 3354 at http://wesa.fm How Is Your School Doing?