Commonwealth Court shows deference to proposed cyber charter school in contracting services with for-profit company

Commonwealth Court shows deference to proposed cyber charter school in contracting services with for-profit company

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Thursday issued an opinion that continued the judiciary’s line of increasing deference to charter and cyber charter schools who contract out the bulk of their services with for-profit companies.

 

The case—Insight Charter School v. Department of Education—stemmed from the denial of a charter application to Insight after the department and, later, the Charter Appeal Board denied Insight’s charter application.

Friday, May 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court strikes down Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance, strikes blow to other municipal efforts

Commonwealth Court strikes down Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance, strikes blow to other municipal efforts

In the battle to enact Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave ordinance, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled this week that city council had no authority to pass the ordinance intended to offer paid sick leave to low-wage workers.

The holding also puts in jeopardy similar ordinances currently on the books in other areas of the commonwealth. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

PA Supreme Court to hear oral arguments this week in budgetary line-item veto dispute case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is sitting in Harrisburg for this week’s round of oral arguments and is scheduled on Tuesday to hear oral arguments in the case of Scarnati v. Wolf, a case taken over by the current governor concerning gubernatorial authority to line-item veto portions of budget-related legislation like the Fiscal Code.

 

The case stems from actions taken by then-Gov. Tom Corbett in signing the 2014 budget bills, in which he line-item vetoed a number of items in the state budget and the accompanying Fiscal Code legislation.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court reasserts school district autonomy in creating own police force

Commonwealth Court reasserts school district autonomy in creating own police force

A panel of the Commonwealth Court Wednesday delivered an opinion that reasserted the authority of school districts to create their own police force.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Commonwealth Court sides with gun owners in municipal preemption case

Commonwealth Court sides with gun owners in municipal preemption case

A divided panel of the Commonwealth Court sided with a group of gun owners in an opinion Friday in a case deciding if state gun regulation preempted municipal regulation of whether guns can be carried in a local park.

 

In the case of Firearm Owners Against Crime v. Lower Merion Twp., the court held with a 2-1 opinion that state regulation did in fact preempt Lower Merion’s attempt to keep firearms out of a municipal park.

Monday, December 19, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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