Policy Committee considers student debt reform

Policy Committee considers student debt reform

Legislators, officials, and citizens gathered at a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee at Cabrini University Wednesday to discuss the growing problem of student debt in Pennsylvania, along with some ways the General Assembly can ease the burden.
 
Currently 1.7 million Pennsylvanians owe over $67 billion in student debt, according to the Student Borrower Protection Center. Of those amounts, $7.2 billion held by over 230,000 borrowers is delinquent. 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Philly students skipping classes draws criticism, without solutions, from state officials

Philly students skipping classes draws criticism, without solutions, from state officials

It’s been over three weeks since The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story showing students at Thomas Edison High School in North Philadelphia were going to school but not attending classes. So far, there have been calls for more data and better supervision, yet no tangible solutions offered by state-level officials. 
 
Students at Edison and other middle and high schools in Philadelphia mark themselves present at school by swiping identification at the front gate upon entering the building. However, there is no effective way to induce class attendance, nor a better way to monitor it besides the presiding teacher calling roll.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Study considering later start times for PA high schools

Study considering later start times for PA high schools

With the 2019-20 school year underway, some families face a familiar battle: waking up teens for early school day starts. A study commissioned by the state Senate could bring an armistice for high schoolers who dread those early alarms.
 
The Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission is currently investigating whether students would benefit from later start times at secondary schools. The study was launched by Senate Resolution 417, which passed last fall.
Thursday, September 5, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: McCarter calls for new advisory board to oversee cyber charter school funding

VIDEO: McCarter calls for new advisory board to oversee cyber charter school funding

Rep. Steve McCarter (D-Montgomery), a former school teacher, has always been involved in education issues in Pennsylvania. He is working on legislation that would establish a Cyber Charter School Advisory Commission to review and make recommendations concerning cyber charter school funding.
Thursday, September 5, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit

Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit

Despite class only having been back in session for two days, Pittsburgh Public Schools is heading into the new school year with another unfavorable audit from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

At the end of May, a number of Pittsburgh Public Schools officials, namely Superintendent Anthony Hamlet landed in hot water over an unauthorized trip to Cuba. A month later, a different audit found that the district had failed to secure roughly $2 million in reimbursements due to poor record keeping. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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