PASSHE leader: Closing campuses would be 'irresponsible'

PASSHE leader: Closing campuses would be 'irresponsible'

State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Greenstein reiterated Monday his stance that closing one of the system’s 14 campuses would be “irresponsible public policy,” despite enrollment challenges.

Greenstein told the Pennsylvania Press Club that the lack of state investment in public higher education “threatens the state’s economic well-being.” The state ranks 49th in the country for the state share of higher education funding, but Greenstein noted that bringing that number in line with the national average would result in a 22-percent tuition cut for students.
Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Five bills to watch for the week of March 18

Five bills to watch for the week of March 18

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From Sunday hunting to opioids to open government, here are the five bills to watch throughout the week of March 18.
Friday, March 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

The surprising consensus Tuesday from both the House and Senate was that members of both parties were positive about the Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, which Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) stated is "breaking tradition". 

"I think there is a lot there that we can embrace and get behind, at least generically," Corman said. "The governor laid out some priorities that I think we all share." 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

After a day of closed door caucuses, whispered rumors and fiery press conferences, statute of limitations reform went quietly into a late Harrisburg night.

That was despite enormous pressure on the Senate from victims of child abuse, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the House throughout the week. Victims lined hallways reading the grand jury report and held personal conversations with senators, from the rank and file to leaders.

But Wednesday, the last voting day before the Nov. 6 elections, there never was a vote on SB 261 — Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s (R-Jefferson) own bill, amended in the House to include a civil window that he refused to back. 
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Philadelphia schools experiment with mental health program for students

Philadelphia schools experiment with mental health program for students

The Senate Appropriations Committee met at Temple University Tuesday to analyze the Philadelphia Healthy and Safe Schools Initiative that has kicked off in two inner-city elementary schools, Bethune and Kenderton.

Under Act 44, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine will work on implementing reforms at two K-8 schools in Philadelphia that take into account students’ mental health.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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