Wolf: Pennsylvania will remain open to refugee resettlement

Wolf: Pennsylvania will remain open to refugee resettlement

Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that the state will continue accepting refugees despite new authority granted to local government officials to refuse them, pushing back against the Trump Administration’s repeated attempts to slash refugee resettlement in the U.S.

In a letter to President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Wolf underscored his belief that accepting refugees has both enriched the commonwealth and is consistent with its history.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Tom Wolf
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
Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

Pennsylvania legislators follow California in introducing bill to compensate college athletes

The debate over compensating college athletes has been a growing controversy for years across the country. Now, the debate is at the doorstep of the General Assembly.

Following the signing of the Fair Pay to Play Act in California, three Democrats are seeking co-sponsorship for a version of the bill in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Categories: News and Views
With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

The recent announcement that a state correctional facility in Luzerne County is set for closure has sparked a scramble among lawmakers, area residents and unions to keep the prison open.

But as concerns over the closure of SCI Retreat largely focus on the impact of an economically depressed part of the state, many are questioning the moral ramifications of using prisons as economic stimulants in the first place.
Monday, October 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: Features
Bipartisan effort to provide “dignity for incarcerated women” in the works

Bipartisan effort to provide “dignity for incarcerated women” in the works

After nearly two years of meetings, tours, and discussions, lawmakers seeking to improve conditions for women in state correctional facilities may be close to introducing an omnibus bill.  

The process started with 15 different bills proposed in early 2018. This fall, both chambers may see one bill with five key recommendations submitted. 
Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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