While funding boost for community colleges possible, lawmakers skeptical of Wolf grant proposal

While funding boost for community colleges possible, lawmakers skeptical of Wolf grant proposal

Lawmakers are expressing skepticism of a grant program proposed in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget that would help underwrite community college tuition for students who stay in Pennsylvania, saying the proposal is presently lacking detail and the money could be better used elsewhere.

The $8 million line item, dubbed “Educate and Stay in PA,” would give one-time grants of up to $2,500 to community college students who stay and work in the state after graduation. 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Majority Leader Corman: More 'reasonable' proposal needed for minimum wage hike

Majority Leader Corman: More 'reasonable' proposal needed for minimum wage hike

Senate Republicans are open to raising the state’s minimum wage, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said Monday, with the caveat that Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed increase to $15 an hour “is not a reasonable discussion” on the issue.

Corman’s remarks at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon is the latest in a series of signals that a key part of Wolf’s budget proposal will not move in a Republican-controlled General Assembly concerned about how raising the minimum wage will impact the state’s business climate.
Monday, February 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state's workforce

Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state's workforce

Workforce development was a popular topic at the Capitol Tuesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order creating a workforce command center, designed to coordinate state efforts to provide job training with the needs of private industry.

At the same time, a group of bipartisan lawmakers also announced an effort to boost the state’s career and technical education efforts as a means of bolstering its job force.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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As lawmakers probe Wolf's teacher pay raise, long term effects worry school districts

As lawmakers probe Wolf's teacher pay raise, long term effects worry school districts

For Louis Lepley, superintendent of the North Star School District, attracting and retaining teachers in his rural Somerset County district can be a tall task.

“You can’t blame them, we’re not one of the higher paying districts in the state, and when [teachers] get that experience then we see a lot of them leave,” Lepley said. “And hats off to them--unless they have local ties, there’s a good chance they’re leaving.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Optimism for boosting career technical education, as report calls for more state support

Optimism for boosting career technical education, as report calls for more state support

Advocates are calling for more of an investment in career and technical education (CTE) in the upcoming budget, and lawmakers say they are optimistic Gov. Tom Wolf will agree when he unveils his proposal next month.

report released by the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children earlier last week praised the introduction of the Career and Technical Education Subsidy in the last budget but argued that school districts were still footing too much of the bill and that more state support is needed.
Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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