Recommendation to replace Keystone Exams with SATs sparks concerns among education associations

Recommendation to replace Keystone Exams with SATs sparks concerns among education associations

A recommendation by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to replace the Keystone Exams with the SATs has brought mixed reactions from legislators and education associations. 

At a July 10 press conference, DePasquale outlined recommendations to save Pennsylvania money on the basis that implementing the SATs as the commonwealth’s standardized test would save “at least $1 million annually.” While education associations are not against looking at alternative standardized tests, many have expressed concerns about the validity of the cost estimate and the effects on curriculum and evaluation requirements.
Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Categories: News and Views
Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

Legislators debate funding levels for school safety initiatives

As lawmakers get to business on the crafting of the state’s multi-billion dollar state budget, one potential area of agreement appears to be funding for school safety initiatives, as lawmakers look to maintain or even expand on the $70 million allocated in last year’s spending bill.

The 2018-19 budget called for $60 million in spending on initiatives designed to support public school and community safety. It also brought funding for the School Safety Grant Program, launched after the Newtown school shooting in 2013, from $1.5 million to $10 million.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Push to create unpaid medical leave gets renewed energy, though question marks remain

Push to create unpaid medical leave gets renewed energy, though question marks remain

At a time when the debate over paid family leave rages at the national level, lawmakers are eyeing a push to make it easier for employees to take unpaid leave in order to care for a sick relative.

The measure, authored by Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) and Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester), would entitle a worker to up to six weeks of unpaid leave to care for a terminally ill sibling, grandparent or grandchild. It was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
UPDATE: Bipartisan protests delay DEP re-confirmation hearing

UPDATE: Bipartisan protests delay DEP re-confirmation hearing

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will not go forward with a scheduled hearing Tuesday morning to confirm Patrick McDonnell for another term as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, due to the protests of some members. 

Senators from southeastern PA sent a memo to committee chairs and a letter to McDonnell Friday with questions, aboutthe Sunoco Mariner East pipeline, over which concerns have increased with more sinkholes appearing in Chester and Delaware counties. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Proposals for a ban on kratom, school self-defense training and Right-to-Know reforms

Did You Get The Memo? Proposals for a ban on kratom, school self-defense training and Right-to-Know reforms

A weekly look at new proposals from lawmakers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In our latest iteration of our weekly feature on new co-sponsorship memoranda, we take a look at proposals to ban the herbal supplement kratom, potential changes to the state’s Right-to-Know Law, and self-defense training for school employees. 

Friday, April 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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