After week of controversy, Wagner uses press club to tout education plan

After week of controversy, Wagner uses press club to tout education plan

At a press luncheon Monday, gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner continued his campaign narrative that he, and not Gov. Tom Wolf, will be a true champion for public education, while criticizing media coverage of issues he sees as trivial.

Since June, his campaign has seized on two sets of remarks, one from Wolf himself, the other from a top aide, to claim that the governor wants to shift all school funding through the 2015 fair funding formula.

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Commonwealth Court rules against last challenge, letting school funding suit to advance

Commonwealth Court rules against last challenge, letting school funding suit to advance

A lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s school funding advanced once again over the objection of state lawmakers.

Late last year the state Supreme Court ordered the Commonwealth Court to hear the case, first filed in 2014. Despite challenges from both Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), the court denied preliminary objections in May 2018.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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School funding sparks loud campaign fights, raises legislative questions

School funding sparks loud campaign fights, raises legislative questions

It all started one month ago in the waning days of budget season, with a meeting between advocates and the governor’s staff and some off-the-cuff remarks at a Philadelphia press conference.

But as the calendar turns to August, a controversy over the state’s school funding formula has held on as a campaign cudgel and legislative worry, as accusations of intimidation and collusion resound.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Wagner launches offensive against Gov. Wolf on education

Wagner launches offensive against Gov. Wolf on education

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner accused Governor Tom Wolf of cutting funding to public schools in a press conference Thursday morning.

Friday, July 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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
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