Citing need for equity, Wolf announces reforms to beef up charter school transparency

Citing need for equity, Wolf announces reforms to beef up charter school transparency

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday a slate of reforms to the state’s charter school laws in what he says is an attempt to hold charters to the same standards as public schools at a time when critics say they are siphoning off money from local districts.

Flanked by Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and a bevy of local lawmakers in an Allentown press conference, Wolf announced he would be tasking the Department of Education with developing regulations that aim to beef up financial transparency for charter school management firms and increase their accountability to the state.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Dems cry foul over school code, as bipartisan vote sinks last remaining piece of budget puzzle

Dems cry foul over school code, as bipartisan vote sinks last remaining piece of budget puzzle

A perfect storm of grievances sunk the final remaining piece of the state budget Thursday evening, as the House voted down the School Code bill over what Democrats called broken promises, while Republicans expressed concern over a provision to alter the compulsory school.


By a vote of 77-121, a bipartisan group of lawmakers voted against the bill, which was unveiled in the Senate late last night.


Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain

House committee advances SRO bill, although concerns from Dems remain

A House committee Tuesday approved a bill to clarify which law enforcement officers can carry guns in school, a measure which has quickly turned into a referendum on allowing armed police in schools at all.

SB 621, authored by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), passed the Senate last week on a 32-17 vote. It comes after some school districts pulled armed officers out of schools following the state Department of Education’s interpretation of Act 44 of 2018 that armed security guard were not allowable.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

Lawmakers confident changing compulsory school age is in the cards

The chair of the House Education Committee expressed confidence Tuesday that alterations to the compulsory school age would come this session, although he was unsure whether that change would happen in the budget or via separate legislation.

Following a hearing on the matter, Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) told reporters that lawmakers would work with interest groups who have concerns on the legislation, specifically homeschool advocates, to “smooth out” the proposal.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

This week around the Capitol, the House Education Committee approved bills affecting charter schools, legislation that bans abortion for babies based on a Down syndrome diagnosis passed through the House, and legislators pushed to be a leader when it comes to making changes for the state's foster care system. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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