Details of expanding rural broadband get tricky at committee hearing

Details of expanding rural broadband get tricky at committee hearing

A heated discussion over broadband expansion broke out Thursday between local government associations and state representatives at a hearing of the House Consumer Affairs Committee.

The meeting, held in front of a packed room, was on Rep. Frank Farry’s (R-Bucks) HB 2564, which allows telecommunications companies to install small broadband boxes or poles alongside public roads or other rights-of-way.

Thursday, August 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
In Philadelphia, Democrats pitch free tuition at state schools

In Philadelphia, Democrats pitch free tuition at state schools

Tyrell Mann-Barnes is a senior biology student ready to start pursuing med school. He’s from a low-income family in Philadelphia and the first generation that went to college. His other siblings went to school for athletic scholarships, but that wasn’t an option for him. His cousins didn’t even apply because college is expensive. He knew college would change his life, so he found a way. 

He became student body president and a resident assistant for three years. His positions led to decreased tuition and covered his room and food costs.

“I would have been a housing and food insecure student [otherwise],” he said. 

Although he’s happy with his accomplishments, he doesn’t want other students to struggle like he did. At a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Thursday, he said the PA Promise Plan may be a step in the right direction. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
SWOT results show positive impacts from PA military installations

SWOT results show positive impacts from PA military installations

On Thursday morning, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack was joined by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and members of the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission to discuss the results of the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threat) analysis of military installations.  

Stack stated that the goal is to make sure that Pennsylvania's military installations are protected and jobs won't be lost to other states. 
Thursday, August 9, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

The tragic repeat of school shooting headlines moved the Pennsylvania legislature to act this year, to the tune of $60 million extra school safety funding.

But with the budget signed and the distribution system — through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency — set, state Republicans have turned to finding out what else they can do.

From social media bullying to school safety surveys to arming trained school personnel, all were discussed Wednesday at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon as the Senate Republican Policy Committee held its third roundtable on keeping pupils protected.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wolf in Commonwealth Court brief: “Fair funding formula is only as good as the amount of money behind it.”

Wolf in Commonwealth Court brief: “Fair funding formula is only as good as the amount of money behind it.”

Gov. Tom Wolf this week filed a brief in the ongoing education funding lawsuit, disputing an earlier brief submitted by fellow respondent, Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

 

The case, filed by six state school districts represented by the Public Interest Law Center and the Education Law Center in 2015, alleges that Pennsylvania’s education funding formula violates the state’s constitutional guarantee to a “fair and equitably public education.” 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: News and Views
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