Independent policy think tank gives General Assembly options to keep PASSHE sustainable

Independent policy think tank gives General Assembly options to keep PASSHE sustainable

RAND Corporation, a policy research organization, testified Monday before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Education committees after releasing a report on Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) needs and performance last week.

Monday, April 30, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Tags: PASSHE
New report on state university system breaks little new ground but fires up debate

New report on state university system breaks little new ground but fires up debate

A report released Wednesday on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) confirmed a need for reform in the system, but stopped short of prescribing explicit best practices for legislators to enact. 

The report, from the RAND Corporation — a non-profit policy think tank — was initiated through a resolution from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) that passed the chamber in April 2017. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
House committee advances bill to require more student loan term transparency

House committee advances bill to require more student loan term transparency

The House Commerce Committee Monday advanced House Bill 2124, a bill amending the Public School Code to require universities to provide information to students relative to student loans.

Monday, March 12, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
House Republicans question PASSHE's cost for labor union contracts

House Republicans question PASSHE's cost for labor union contracts

The House Appropriations Committee questioned the Department of Education about why Gov. Tom Wolf proposed to give the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) an extra $15 million in his proposed budget.


The Republicans, in particular, scrutinized PASSHE’s labor union contracts.


Pedro Rivera, the secretary of Department of Education, voted in support of those contracts but would not disclose the cost.

Monday, March 5, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
TWU strikes, shutting down large portions of Philly’s SEPTA system

TWU strikes, shutting down large portions of Philly’s SEPTA system

The 4,700 members of Transport Workers Union Local 234 in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation’s (SEPTA) City Transit Division went on strike on November 1, 2016, after once-promising talks for a new contract stalled over pension benefit changes.

 

With both Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines affected along with SEPTA buses and trolley services throughout Philadelphia, estimates put the impact at reaching nearly 400,000 riders that use the SEPTA services throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
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