3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! This week legislators announced a new property tax protection program, a state wide listening tour, and The PLS Reporter got to know some of the freshmen better. 

Friday, January 25, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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School funding scrutinized at Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia

School funding scrutinized at Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia

Educators, superintendents, and community members joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Philadelphia Wednesday to discuss the state’s “fair funding” formula and the struggles it creates for some school districts.

Pennsylvania changed the funding formula for school districts in 2015 with the goal of resolving imbalanced support of education across the commonwealth. While new funds have been subject to this distribution model, stark differences remain, as some districts are millions behind their needs while others receive millions more based on per-student costs.

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
The Keystone Scholars Program hopes to “set every child in Pennsylvania up for success”

The Keystone Scholars Program hopes to “set every child in Pennsylvania up for success”

Pennsylvania currently has the highest student loan debt load per person of any state in the nation. Hoping to alleviate some of that potential debt, the Treasury Department has kicked-off The Keystone Scholars Program.

“We are reaching a crisis point as we see Pennsylvanian graduates, on average, with the highest amount of student loan debt – higher than anywhere else in the nation – with more than $35,000 on their backs,” Treasurer Joe Torsella stated.

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
Wolf and Fetterman to launch listening tour for opinions on legalizing marijuana

Wolf and Fetterman to launch listening tour for opinions on legalizing marijuana

On Thursday afternoon Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman announced that they will be launching a statewide listening tour to speak with Pennsylvanians about their thoughts on the possibility of legalizing marijuana. 

Fetterman will be starting his tour in February and will be going to all 67 counties in the state to hear from residents. His office will also be launching a website where voters can go on to post their thoughts and opinions online. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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