Controversial school choice bill clears committee hurdle

Controversial school choice bill clears committee hurdle

A House committee approved Monday a controversial expansion of the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit, which proponents argue would help satiate high demand for the school choice instrument.

The proposal, authored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), would increase the EITC’s funding cap from $160 million to $260, and includes an escalator to continue boosting the cap as long as 90 percent of credits were claimed in the prior year.
Monday, April 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislators weigh how best to tackle vaping's continued popularity with Pennsylvania teens

Legislators weigh how best to tackle vaping's continued popularity with Pennsylvania teens

With the use of e-cigarette products on the rise in Pennsylvania schools, lawmakers are exploring a variety of options to cut down on teens vaping in the boys room.

Mirroring a national trend, more Pennsylvania teenagers are using e-cigarettes, vapes and JUULs than traditional tobacco products. According to the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey, carried out by the Commission of Crime and Delinquency, 16.3 percent of Pennsylvania high school students surveyed reported using e-cigarettes in the prior month, compared with only 5.6 percent who reported using tobacco cigarettes. 
Thursday, March 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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