As homeschooling becomes more mainstream, is it right for my child? Here’s what I’ve learned.

Homeschooling has been on the rise in Pennsylvania since the 2011-12 school year when there were about 20,900 homeschooled students in the state. In 2015-16, the state Department of Education recorded nearly 23,900 homeschoolers, which likely underestimates its prevalence because students homeschooled for religious reasons are exempt from the registration requirement. Still, homeschooled students represent only about 1.38 percent of K-12 students in Pennsylvania.

Protect your right to know

Human stories are powerful. But data are critical to show you the whole picture. That's why as cumbersome as it is in the state of Pennsylvania to work with Right-to-Know (RTK) requests, they are the source of big stories.In just a few months, we have easily filed 75 RTK requests. We spent $500 on records to tell you what lead and radon testing and remediation was happening in schools. We just wrote out a check for $800 to get records that will expose the root of the school-to-prison pipeline in Pittsburgh.

Find out what’s behind last year’s spike in motorcycle deaths

Public safety Last year was a bad one for motorcyclists, with a new estimate showing that 5,010 bikers were killed in crashes nationwide, the worst death toll in seven years.

In Pennsylvania, 179 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2015, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation [PennDOT].

Since Pennsylvania repealed its mandatory helmet law in 2003, PennDOT reports 2,567 motorcyclists have died in crashes.