Alright guys! Here is the final answer. Took some digging, but finally got it confirmed from a person named Julie that is part of the "migration team". I am more than happy to forward the email to anyone.
Schoology is basically a replacemet for Unified Classroom. Not an integration. PowerSchool will still have and include Unified Classroom/Learning Pages, but they WILL NOT work on any more improvements. The upgrade is "free" for the first year, meaning you do not have to pay extra. But after that, you do need to pay for Schoology. For our school, it is actually about the same price-range. We are going to look into it for the 2021-2022 school year (after they work out the kinks, hopefully).
My opinion: It was easier and cheaper to buy schoology, than fix all the problems they were facing with UC and class pages.
Frustrating news, knowing our students, staff, and families will have to learn an entire new LMS after killing ourselves last year to get everyone set up and familiar. But it is what it is.
Thanks for that info. The less powerschool does with Schoology (integrating with UC) the better.
All the kinks are in Unified Classroom. We rushed through the Schoology PowerSchool SIS integration in the winter. Best thing we ever did. Our district is about 7k students K12. Although there was frustration learning a new LMS the ease of use with Schoology was welcomed by our staff and the integration to the PTP gradebook was much better then anything we did with class pages. Schoology was so easy to use and many teachers used it during our remote learning. Pulling courses out of Learning is a pain but its easier (other then assessments to just recreate)
@jhanlon Thanks for all your messages here -- all my experiences at two different UC schools echo precisely your experiences, unfortunately. A truly strange situation, if you ask me. Anyway, I was wondering if you could elaborate on your experience of jumping into Schoology without waiting for "integration". What steps did you take (broadly)? Did you get support from PS on this transition? Any details you have to share would be appreciated.