House Republicans eye homeschooling exemption for newly altered compulsory school age

House Republicans eye homeschooling exemption for newly altered compulsory school age

The ink has barely dried on Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature but House Republicans are already looking to change one of the highest profile provisions housed in this year’s School Code: lowering the state’s compulsory school age to six years old and barring 17-year-olds from signing themselves out of school.

Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) is circulating a proposal which would grant a waiver for those who inform their school districts that they will home school their child, sparing them two additional years of paperwork which homeschooling advocates argued would be an unfair burden.
Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Following appropriation increase, Penn State freezes tuition for second-straight year

Following appropriation increase, Penn State freezes tuition for second-straight year

Many students at Penn State University won’t see an increase tuition next year, as the school voted Thursday to freeze tuition for in-state residents for the 2019-2020 academic year.

 

The freeze comes as the Penn State University Board of Trustees approved the university’s 2019-2020 operating budget on Thursday, which totals about $6.8 billion in spending.

Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 15: Sit down with Rep. Todd Stephens

Right 2 Know Episode 15: Sit down with Rep. Todd Stephens

Justin and Andrew have melted in the heat wave so it is up to our Philadelphia correspondent Marco Cerino to sit down with our guest this week, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery). The pair talk about the ongoing debate surrounding the Attorney General's newfound concurrent jurisdiction for gun crimes in Philly, as well as beefing up mass transit in the suburbs. Rep. Stephens also updates us on his efforts to get the federal government to address water contamination caused by the former Willow Grove Air Force base. If you like what you hear, follow us on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? A heartbeat abortion ban, criminal records and lemonade stands

Did You Get The Memo? A heartbeat abortion ban, criminal records and lemonade stands

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would ban abortion if a heartbeat is detected in a fetus, expunge criminal records for people who receive pardons and remove regulations on child-run lemonade stands in Pennsylvania.

Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - July 15, 2019

Tweets of the Week - July 15, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, July 19, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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