- Gender Ideology Upper Moreland School District mandates that teachers keep the gender identity of students secret from parents, even in elementary school; encourages transgender students to report perceived bullying to the police
- Social Emotional Learning Allegheny Valley School District hires multiple consulting firms to implement Social Emotional Learning into curriculum
- Consultants Radnor Township School District pays equity consultant nearly $12,000 for a one-day training
State Board of Education
Who's on your state board of education?
“The Board is comprised of 21 members. Seventeen members are appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for overlapping terms of six years. Four members of the Board are members of the General Assembly who serve as long as they hold majority and minority chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees.”
When's the next election/appointment?
17 members are appointed by the governor. Pennsylvania elected Gov. Josh Shapiro in 2022. The next gubernatorial race is in 2026.
When's the next curriculum update?
In Pennsylvania, curriculum is reviewed by each school district. Refer to your school district’s website for more information.
Department of Education
“The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) oversees 500 public school districts, more than 170 public charter schools, public cyber charter schools, Career and Technology Centers/Vocational Technical schools, public Intermediate Units, the education of youth in State Juvenile Correctional Institutions, Head Starts and publicly funded preschools, and community colleges.
PDE also oversees policies related to public, academic, and school libraries, and the State Library of Pennsylvania.”
How did your district perform during the 2021-2022 school year?
Check your district’s report card.
Session runs January 3 to November 17, 2023
Find your state legislator here.
Similar to Congress, the Pennsylvania General Assembly is divided into the House of Representatives and Senate. Your Senate Education Committee Members can be found here, and your House Education Committee Members can be found here.
These committees conduct hearings, review, and amend bills proposed by a member of their legislative chamber. They also review bills after they have been passed by the other chamber of legislature. Remember, both chambers must pass a bill before it goes to the governor’s desk for a signature or a veto.
Recent Education Bills Introduced in State Legislature
Find more information about Pennsylvania’s 2023 school board races here.