Case hoping to overhaul state school funding stystem set for trial in 2020

Case hoping to overhaul state school funding stystem set for trial in 2020

A lawsuit that could overturn Pennsylvania’s school funding is tentatively scheduled to go to trial in summer 2020.

The suit, filed by six Pennsylvania families, six school districts, the NAACP and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools claims that the commonwealth’s current school funding system violates a state constitutional guarantee to an education.

Friday, December 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council unanimously passes 2019 budget

Allegheny County Council approved County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s roughly $1 billion dollar operating plan by a 13-0 vote Tuesday night.

The plan includes a $932 million operating budget, $111 million for the capital budget, and an additional $1 billion grants budget. This is an almost 3 percent increase from the 2018 budget of $905.7 million. In his initial proposal, Fitzgerald insisted every dollar requested would go toward preparing the county for disaster and investing in the future.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passes fair work week bill

Philadelphia City Council passed a bill Thursday mandating employers in certain industries provide more stable work schedules and lead time in altering them. The vote was 14-3, along party lines.

Introduced by Councilwoman Helen Gym (D-At Large), the bill brought crowds that filled both levels of the chamber’s viewing gallery, similar to the bill’s hearings in late October. Support has come from many labor and political groups, led by One PA.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
In photos: The annual Capitol Christmas tree lighting

In photos: The annual Capitol Christmas tree lighting

Decked out with more than 900 lights and 400-plus hand-crafted ornaments, Gov. Tom Wolf lit the annual Capitol Christmas tree Thursday.
Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Tags: Tom Wolf
State Capitol Christmas tree lit amid protest of Department of Corrections’ mail restrictions

State Capitol Christmas tree lit amid protest of Department of Corrections’ mail restrictions

Prior to lighting the state Capitol Christmas tree, Gov. Tom Wolf shared a message of “counting our blessings” and sharing them with others throughout the year.

But a group of about a half-dozen protesters, opposed to some recently enacted policies in the state prisons, had another message in mind.

Just as Wolf began to speak, the protesters jumped up from a crowd of spectators, shouting imploring Wolf to “have a heart.” The group held up cards and a banner referring to Wolf as “the Grinch” because of current mail restrictions placed on all state correctional institutions.

Thursday, December 6, 2018/Author: Stephany Dugan
Categories: News and Views
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