Sen. Dinniman discusses assessments

Sen. Dinniman discusses assessments

Now that federal law has changed, education assessments in Pennsylvania’s public schools will likely be overhauled as well. Lawmakers have argued at recent hearings that Pennsylvania is spending too much money and schools are spending too much time on testing.

The PLS Reporter interviewed Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester), Minority Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, for his thoughts on the issue. 

Monday, April 3, 2017/Author: Matt Hess
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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 Democrats ask Gov. Wolf to call a special session on property tax reform

Senate Democrats ask Gov. Wolf to call a special session on property tax reform

The Senate Democratic Caucus was out in force Wednesday, urging the governor to call a special session on property tax reform.

 

The issue has been at the center of heated debate for years in Pennsylvania, and has taken up a particular place of prominence with the recent and increasing success of property tax elimination proponents to gain support for their concept.

Wednesday, February 1, 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 Senate Education Chairman Calls for Accountability in Education System

New Senate Education Chairman Calls for Accountability in Education System

The new session brings new chairmen to both the Senate and House Education Committees and this feature spotlights Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) in his new role as Majority Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Right off the bat, Chairman Eichelberger said substantial change and more accountability need to be brought to Pennsylvania’s schools, particularly in tough state budget times.

Friday, January 20, 2017/Author: Matt Hess
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