School Districts http://wesa.fm en Legislation to Change Keystone Exam Requirements http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-change-keystone-exam-requirements <p>Passing the Keystone Exams might never become a requirement to graduate from high school in Pennsylvania. The State Senate Education Committee has approved legislation that would leave it up to school districts to determine the effects of not passing the exam.</p><p>Currently Pennsylvania has started to implement the exams, but if Senate Bill 1450 is not passed the tests will determine if a student can graduate starting in 2017.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:28:12 +0000 Jess Lasky 31812 at http://wesa.fm 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?