Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

There’s no clear, unified answer on how to curb school shootings in the US, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers across the country from trying.

Pennsylvania legislators have attempted to take a balanced approach by helping schools enhance their security, while also making it easier to report potential threats. As lawmakers in the General Assembly — and across the country — continue searching for answers, one state legislator wants to build off the state’s Safe2Say anonymous tip reporting system and provide additional funding to schools for employee self-defense training.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence

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 addressing hate crimes in Pennsylvania, mental health care, and the possibility of selling the lieutenant governor’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap.   
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Phillips-Hill's legislation finds ways for students to learn even when schools close

Phillips-Hill's legislation finds ways for students to learn even when schools close

Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York)  joined The PLS Reporter to talk about her legislation, Senate Bill 440, which would allow school districts to apply with the states Education Department to use up to five flexible instructional days if school is cancelled. 

These five days would allow students to receive instruction through alternative ways including online, handouts or even skype lessons. This would ensure that on snow days or other times that would schools would need to close, students and schools could stay on track with their days.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
PA receives an "F" when it comes to lead in schools, prompting legislators to make a change

PA receives an "F" when it comes to lead in schools, prompting legislators to make a change

Sen. Arthur Haywood (D-Montgomery) joined Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) at a press conference to express their concerns over lead levels in Pennsylvania schools.

Haywood stated that there are at least 12 cities and towns across the commonwealth that tested for high levels of lead. Pennsylvania as a whole received the grade "F" when it comes to lead in water by a group called Get the Lead Out.

In response, the legislature made two changes in the school code as part of budget negotiations. Now, all schools must test for lead or have a public hearing on the issue of lead in their facilities.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Legislators join to announce new funding to curb violence in schools and communities

Legislators join to announce new funding to curb violence in schools and communities

On Friday afternoon a handful of House and Senate legislators joined to announce funding to address community and school violence.
Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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