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Child care worker subsidy replaced an award that Pennsylvania providers say incentivized staff higher education

Under the change about 33,000 workers qualify for a one-time $600 Pandemic Relief Award. A spokesperson for the Department of Human Services said that during a disaster period states have greater flexibility in how to use federal child care dollars.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Pa. temporarily expands SNAP eligibility for college students

The temporary changes in eligibility will extend through the end of the COVID-19 health emergency, which the Biden administration has said is expected to last throughout 2021.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

How one Pittsburgh area school district is trying to reach its 650 Nepali families

This school year the Baldwin-Whitehall district is piloting the Talking Points smartphone app that allows teachers to send translated text messages.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

‘I was honest’: How educators addressed the insurrection at the Capitol

Jadyn Gibson’s African-American literature class spent last Thursday discussing the foreshadowing and tension they had felt building during President Donald Trump’s administration.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Pittsburgh schools to return to full virtual learning after one week with some in-person classes

Pittsburgh Public Schools students and staff who returned to buildings this week for the first time since March will again return to learning and teaching from home on Monday.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Pitt tightens student restrictions after coronavirus cases spike

Pitt wants students to have to shelter-in-place for two weeks – only leaving their homes for necessary trips like in-person classes or work.

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Advocates say remote teaching puts English language learners in an impossible situation

The struggles students face during remote learning — like isolation, technology fatigue and anxiety about the future — are all exacerbated for students who are not proficient English speakers.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

PA’s largest teachers’ union wants to cancel standardized tests, some advocates want accountability

The Keystone Exams administered to Pennsylvania third through eighth-graders and high school juniors were canceled last year when all school buildings were closed and districts shifted to remote learning.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Learning hubs serve a a temporary solution in parts of Pa., though funding will dry up by the end of the year

The United Way and the early childhood advocacy group Trying Together partnered to distribute CARES Act funding to 60 providers. Those providers now open their doors during the day as a space where students can learn online in smaller groups of students than would be in school buildings.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA
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