Controversial education savings account bill voted out of Senate committee

Controversial education savings account bill voted out of Senate committee

A bill to set up individual education spending accounts funded with money earmarked for public schools passed the Senate Education Committee Tuesday.

By a 7-5 vote, the committee's Republicans reported SB 2 to the Senate, barring Sen. Robert Tomlinson (R-Bucks) who sided with Democrats against it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting reforms passes Senate State Government Committee, on its way to full vote in June

Redistricting reforms passes Senate State Government Committee, on its way to full vote in June

Redistricting won its first vote in the General Assembly Tuesday to the applause of advocates packing the room.

A compromise amendment forged by Senate State Government Committee Chair Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and redistricting advocates led by Fair Districts PA was added onto SB 22, then passed by all members in attendance.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With Scarnati's support, most legislative leadership now behind redistricting

With Scarnati's support, most legislative leadership now behind redistricting

In addressing the state press club Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) showed an two month turnaround in attitude among legislative leadership.

While he echoed Republican colleagues in a scathing denouncement of the state Supreme Court, he also shared a reluctant acknowledgment of the need to reform redistricting.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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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
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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
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