Wolf cabinet officials express concern over House-GOP budget plan’s impact on education, veterans programs

Wolf cabinet officials express concern over House-GOP budget plan’s impact on education, veterans programs

Two Pennsylvania cabinet-level officials have expressed concern in recent days about how the budget bill crafted by the House Republicans and passed largely along a party-line vote last month will affect the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Education.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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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Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Saying it’s an indictment of Pennsylvania Department of Education processes and what he called “the worst charter school law in the nation,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday pointed out problems in the department’s charter school payment appeal process.

 

The payment appeal process is triggered when, after a school district does not pay a charter school the amount it believes it is entitled to under the current formula, the department deducts the disputed sum from the state subsidy due the school district and redirects it to the charter school.

Thursday, August 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General, legislators cast light on troubling PDE conduct

Auditor General, legislators cast light on troubling PDE conduct

During Thursday’s meeting with the House Republican Policy Committee, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale told committee members he’s uncovered a number of troubling actions on the part of the Pennsylvania Department of Education while conducting his department’s yet-to-be-released audit.

“[There] is a culture in that agency that is not healthy for fostering good education outcomes,” he told the committee.

He said that his department’s audit will focus on, among other things, what PDE does to help school districts that are struggling academically, specifically on reporting.

“School districts are incredibly frustrated,” he added. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Policy shift puts public school expenditures in greater public view

Like a phoenix rising from legislative ashes, a one-time legislative proposal was given new life Wednesday when the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) announced the launch of SchoolWATCH on the department’s website.

The data will be available as a new feature of the department’s school performance profile website.

Rep. Christiana called the move “the next step in restoring trust in Pennsylvania’s government.”

Wednesday, January 14, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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