House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain

House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain

A House committee Tuesday approved a bill to clarify which law enforcement officers can carry guns in school, a measure which has quickly turned into a referendum on allowing armed police in schools at all.

SB 621, authored by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), passed the Senate last week on a 32-17 vote. It comes after some school districts pulled armed officers out of schools following the state Department of Education’s interpretation of Act 44 of 2018 that armed security guard were not allowable.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

The chair of the House Education Committee expressed confidence Tuesday that alterations to the compulsory school age would come this session, although he was unsure whether that change would happen in the budget or via separate legislation.

Following a hearing on the matter, Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) told reporters that lawmakers would work with interest groups who have concerns on the legislation, specifically homeschool advocates, to “smooth out” the proposal.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

This week around the Capitol, the House Education Committee approved bills affecting charter schools, legislation that bans abortion for babies based on a Down syndrome diagnosis passed through the House, and legislators pushed to be a leader when it comes to making changes for the state's foster care system. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

The House Education committee approved a slate of bills Monday designed to beef up the state’s charter school law, despite the fact that the committee’s chair acknowledged they will need alteration before being considered by the full chamber.

The four-bill package would aim to modernize the charter school code, which proponents of the measures say hasn’t been meaningfully addressed since it was approve in the 1990s. The bills would give charters the right of first refusal for purchase or lease public school buildings, create a standardized charter application and increase ethics requirements for charter and cyber charter boards.
Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Controversial school choice bill clears committee hurdle

Controversial school choice bill clears committee hurdle

A House committee approved Monday a controversial expansion of the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit, which proponents argue would help satiate high demand for the school choice instrument.

The proposal, authored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), would increase the EITC’s funding cap from $160 million to $260, and includes an escalator to continue boosting the cap as long as 90 percent of credits were claimed in the prior year.
Monday, April 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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