Bill to create Harrisburg school voucher program gains committee approval

Bill to create Harrisburg school voucher program gains committee approval

The House Education Committee approved Monday a bill which would create vouchers for students in the struggling Harrisburg School District, despite criticism that district officials were not included in the process.

The consideration of HB 1800, authored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), comes just days after news that the district, which was placed in state receivership earlier this year, is facing a $2.6 million budget shortfall. It was approved out of committee on a 13-12 vote, with Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe) and Rep. Megan Schroeder (R-Bucks) joining Democrats in opposition.
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? E-cigarettes, cross-filing and school choice

Did You Get The Memo? E-cigarettes, cross-filing and school choice

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would ban flavored e-cigarettes in Pennsylvania, eliminate cross-filing for public office candidates and provide scholarship grants to students in Harrisburg schools.
Friday, September 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - August 19, 2019

Tweets of the Week - August 19, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, August 23, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

The House Education committee approved a slate of bills Monday designed to beef up the state’s charter school law, despite the fact that the committee’s chair acknowledged they will need alteration before being considered by the full chamber.

The four-bill package would aim to modernize the charter school code, which proponents of the measures say hasn’t been meaningfully addressed since it was approve in the 1990s. The bills would give charters the right of first refusal for purchase or lease public school buildings, create a standardized charter application and increase ethics requirements for charter and cyber charter boards.
Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Controversial education savings account bill voted out of Senate committee

Controversial education savings account bill voted out of Senate committee

A bill to set up individual education spending accounts funded with money earmarked for public schools passed the Senate Education Committee Tuesday.

By a 7-5 vote, the committee's Republicans reported SB 2 to the Senate, barring Sen. Robert Tomlinson (R-Bucks) who sided with Democrats against it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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