Education Savings Account bill put on hold in advance of anticipated committee personnel change

Education Savings Account bill put on hold in advance of anticipated committee personnel change

With the Senate Education Committee expecting a change in membership, the committee declined to take up a previously scheduled vote on Senate Bill 2 Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate advances compromise bill on UC funding “exit ramp” bill

Senate advances compromise bill on UC funding “exit ramp” bill

The Senate took the step Monday of advancing recently House-passed legislation that would provide an “exit ramp” for the end of state funding for unemployment compensation system technology upgrades.

 

The bill, House Bill 1915, is sponsored by House Labor and Industry Committee Majority Chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) and represents a compromise between House and Senate Republicans and Democrats that provides an exit strategy for the state to get out of funding technology upgrades while still ensuring enough funding to complete the ongoing project.

Monday, December 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Could a switch in time help pave way for committee passage of Education Savings Account bill?

Could a switch in time help pave way for committee passage of Education Savings Account bill?

Friday, the Senate Education Committee scheduled a Tuesday vote on Senate Bill 2, controversial legislation providing for Education Savings Accounts, which some have likened to previous iterations of private school voucher law efforts.

 

However, since the meeting’s sunshining on Friday, an interesting wrinkle has given hope to a bill that was not able to advance out of committee when last considered due to a voting error: the potential that a current member of the committee who previously voted in the negative on the legislation might have their committee assignment changed.

Monday, December 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Procedural issue keeps Senate-crafted school voucher bill in committee

Procedural issue keeps Senate-crafted school voucher bill in committee

While the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday seemed to have advanced legislation to establish a school-voucher like program in Pennsylvania aimed at helping to give students in low-achieving schools more school choice options, a late-filed proxy that was not counted in the original vote tally has kept the legislation in committee to be considered at a later date.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Sen. DiSanto's Education Savings Account legislation could help low performing schools and students

Sen. DiSanto's Education Savings Account legislation could help low performing schools and students

Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) held a press conference at the Joshua Learning Center Tuesday morning where he announced his Education Savings Account legislation. 

This legislation would affect the bottom 15 percent of public schools statewide and are state-funded spending accounts that parents can use to pay for Department of Education approved expenses.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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