Wolf administration to lower time schools spend on PSSAs

Wolf administration to lower time schools spend on PSSAs

Gov. Tom Wolf, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and school administrators from throughout the Central Pennsylvania region announced Monday a new initiative to lower the amount of time schools and students spend on the PSSA tests—a standardized assessment taken in grades three through eight.

Monday, August 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislators propose limited state constitutional convention to “reinvigorate” state government

Legislators propose limited state constitutional convention to “reinvigorate” state government

Within the last month, two state legislators began the process of circulating a proposal that would create a limited state constitutional convention in the hopes of expediting state government reforms in Pennsylvania.

 

The identical proposals—currently sponsored by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) and Rep. Steve Bloom (R-Cumberland)—model their “limited convention” after the 1967 state constitutional convention that focused on government structure and reform.

Thursday, August 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Reed: “I don’t think it’s any secret that we’re not supportive of the revenue package the Senate passed over”

Reed: “I don’t think it’s any secret that we’re not supportive of the revenue package the Senate passed over”

House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) addressed the Senate-passed revenue plan Thursday afternoon, panning large swaths of the proposal, but pledging to bring a new proposal to the table as soon as consensus in the House is achieved on a plan.

Thursday, August 10, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House lawmakers put SRBC oversight in fall agenda’s crosshairs

House lawmakers put SRBC oversight in fall agenda’s crosshairs

Members of the House State Government Committee gathered in Harrisburg for the second straight Wednesday to further vet concepts outlined in hearings held earlier in the summer, this week focusing on a potential crackdown of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, which some lawmakers have said is acting outside of their granted authority and causing ratepayers and businesses headaches in trying to deal with an additional regulatory structure within the basin’s territory.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Game, Fish and Boat Commissions await authority to set own licensing fees

Game, Fish and Boat Commissions await authority to set own licensing fees

The two state commissions responsible for regulating and maintaining sportsmen’s activities, state game lands, and waterways in Pennsylvania—the Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission—are currently awaiting for the General Assembly to take the final steps toward allowing them to have permanent financial solvency by passing legislation to allow them to set their own licensing fees.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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