In Philadelphia, Democrats pitch free tuition at state schools

In Philadelphia, Democrats pitch free tuition at state schools

Tyrell Mann-Barnes is a senior biology student ready to start pursuing med school. He’s from a low-income family in Philadelphia and the first generation that went to college. His other siblings went to school for athletic scholarships, but that wasn’t an option for him. His cousins didn’t even apply because college is expensive. He knew college would change his life, so he found a way. 

He became student body president and a resident assistant for three years. His positions led to decreased tuition and covered his room and food costs.

“I would have been a housing and food insecure student [otherwise],” he said. 

Although he’s happy with his accomplishments, he doesn’t want other students to struggle like he did. At a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Thursday, he said the PA Promise Plan may be a step in the right direction. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
HBCU Cheyney announces new institute to study African American health

HBCU Cheyney announces new institute to study African American health

Gov. Tom Wolf was at Cheyney University Tuesday to announce the school’s partnership with Thomas Jefferson University, Starbucks Coffee, and Epscot Crenshaw Corp. to create an institute that will study issues related to race and diversity.

“Cheyney University is the perfect location for this new initiative that partners the oldest historically black university in our nation with Thomas Jefferson University – one of the oldest medical colleges in the country,” Wolf said. “This new institute will provide the kind of STEM learning and training that Pennsylvania needs to create a well-educated and skilled workforce and drive our economy forward.”

Tuesday, July 31, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - July 13, 2018

Tweets of the Week - July 13, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Friday, July 13, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

More state funding leads to less tuition hikes for state-funded schools, right? It’s a logical thought, according to university students and Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Legislators, Treasurer outline plans to help students pay for higher education

Legislators, Treasurer outline plans to help students pay for higher education

The “Pennsylvania Promise Plan” is the idea that the commonwealth can cover free college tuition to resident Pennsylvania high school students.

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) introduced the plan in legislation last Monday. SB 1111, and its companion bill, House Bill 2444, comes after the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center released the layout of the plan back in January.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
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