After three false starts, school choice proponents look for progress in Tuesday Senate Education vote

After three false starts, school choice proponents look for progress in Tuesday Senate Education vote

Over the weekend, a vote on a controversial bill to create education savings accounts for low income Pennsylvanians was added to a Senate Education Committee meeting set for Tuesday morning.

The bill, SB 2, is now on the committee calendar for the fourth time since last fall as Republicans have tried to rally votes.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Scarnati focuses on redistricting, safe schools and budget at Press Club luncheon

Scarnati focuses on redistricting, safe schools and budget at Press Club luncheon

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) was the featured guest at this month’s Press Club Luncheon. During his formal remarks Sen. Scarnati highlighted three key issues: redistricting, safe schools and the state budget, while also commenting on open primaries, regulatory reform, the natural gas industry and more.
Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
Former Gates Foundation higher ed director named head of Pa. public university system

Former Gates Foundation higher ed director named head of Pa. public university system

Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities have a new leader as they enter a turbulent period likely to include internal restructuring and a barrage of questions about their function and role in the commonwealth. 

At a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board meeting Monday, Dr. Daniel Greenstein was named the new chancellor of the system.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Activists push higher taxes for education to Philadelphia council

Activists push higher taxes for education to Philadelphia council

Philadelphia education activists demanded to be heard Wednesday about their mounting concerns about the school district’s funding and how it’s being used.

City Council’s Committee of the Whole allowed the public to provide testimony about proposed funding for The School District of Philadelphia.

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia City Council hopes to prod city schools into banning elementary suspensions

Philadelphia City Council hopes to prod city schools into banning elementary suspensions

Philadelphia City Council has been considering a resolution to urge the School District of Philadelphia to permanently prohibit suspending students in first to fifth grades.

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (At-large) is a former teacher and the prime sponsor of the resolution.
Thursday, May 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
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