Senate panel takes on limiting property tax increases and so-called “ghost teachers”

Senate panel takes on limiting property tax increases and so-called “ghost teachers”

The Senate Education Committee Wednesday reported out a number of bills, including one bill that would place additional restrictions on the ability of school boards to approve property tax increases and another bill that would limit the ability of public school employees to accrue benefits while on full-time union leave.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Education Committee advances bill to subject teacher sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to collective bargaining

Senate Education Committee advances bill to subject teacher sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to collective bargaining

The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would remove the statutory provisions establishing in law the minimum amount of paid sick days, bereavement leave, and sabbatical leave to be granted to public school teachers and would instead subject such benefits to collective bargaining between each individual school district and teachers.

 

While the bill—Senate Bill 229—did advance to the full Senate for consideration, it did so with bipartisan opposition.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

Gov. Tom Wolf and Education Sec. Pedro Rivera Wednesday announced the formation of a new division within the Pennsylvania Department of Education aimed at accountability and improving quality in charter schools.

 

The announcement said the new Division of Charter Schools will provide technical support and guidance to charter schools to help them increase student performance, parent and community involvement, and ensure financial and academic responsibility.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Republicans, school groups double-down on call for Gov. Wolf to reconsider promised veto of LIFO bill

Republicans, school groups double-down on call for Gov. Wolf to reconsider promised veto of LIFO bill

Republicans in the General Assembly Thursday double-downed on their effort to try and get Gov. Tom Wolf to reconsider his promised veto of House Bill 805.

The bill, known as the Protecting Excellent Teachers Act, would end the practice of seniority-based teacher layoffs and replace it with a method of using teacher evaluations to inform suspension, furlough, and reinstatement decisions.

Thursday, May 12, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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FY 2016-2017 budget discussions in infancy, House GOP leaders say

FY 2016-2017 budget discussions in infancy, House GOP leaders say

When Gov. Tom Wolf said just a few short weeks ago that he was going to be letting the supplemental budget bill sent to his desk become law, all parties were eager to begin the discussions for how to solve the issues facing the next fiscal year’s spending plan in a serious way sooner rather than later.

In talking with The PLS Reporter Monday, the first day legislators returned to voting session since that announcement, two House Republican leaders said the discussions are taking place, but are only in the beginning stages.

Monday, April 4, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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