As budget talks continue, Philadelphia hopes for more funds for school repairs

As budget talks continue, Philadelphia hopes for more funds for school repairs

While members of the General Assembly finalize the state’s budget, some in Philadelphia’s City Council have expressed their desire to see more funds to help repair aging schools.
 
State and city legislators joined the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to launch the Fund our Facilities coalition in March to advocate for $170 million more of financial support for the school district’s buildings. Students, teachers, and allies have argued toxic conditions are causing health and learning problems.
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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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
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House passes bill that would strengthen ethics standards for charter schools

House passes bill that would strengthen ethics standards for charter schools

“Paid for by taxpayer dollars.”

 

If House Bill 355 sees as much success in the Senate as it did in the House this week, all advertisements for Pennsylvania charter schools would be barred from marketing their tuition and transportation as free, and would instead be required to note that their services are paid for by Pennsylvania taxpayers.

Thursday, June 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf says he’ll veto $100 million increase to EITC program

Wolf says he’ll veto $100 million increase to EITC program

Just one day after the Pennsylvania Senate voted to send a bill expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program to his desk, Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will veto the legislation.

 

House Bill 800, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), would increase the cap on contributions to the state’s EITC program, which allows businesses to receive tax credits for donating to scholarship organizations that provide private school scholarships to Pennsylvania students.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Despite bipartisan backers, chances of minimum teacher salary raise appear slim

Despite bipartisan backers, chances of minimum teacher salary raise appear slim

A push to raise the state’s minimum teacher salary has become a bipartisan effort, but it appears to not be enough to ensure a key piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal will make it into the final version of the spending document.

House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) said he would be “very surprised” if the plan, which would raise the minimum pay for teachers from $18,500 to $45,000, made the cut in the final version of the budget, which observers expect to be completed in the coming weeks.
Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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