Valley leaders encourage investing in early education

The Mission: Readiness report entitled “The Military Gets It: So Why Not PA?” highlights research showing that high-quality pre-k and child care programs can support children’s success and readiness in three categories: education, obesity and behavior. It also touted the military’s early care and education system as a transformative model for the state and nation.

School districts ‘can’t get ahead’ of mandated costs despite increases in state education funding

Mandated pension contributions, special education services and charter school payments are identified as the biggest cost drivers that are worsening Pennsylvania’s school districts’ financial condition, causing some to eliminate kindergarten, increase classes sizes, and cut elective courses.