Philadelphia City Council hopes to prod city schools into banning elementary suspensions

Philadelphia City Council hopes to prod city schools into banning elementary suspensions

Philadelphia City Council has been considering a resolution to urge the School District of Philadelphia to permanently prohibit suspending students in first to fifth grades.

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (At-large) is a former teacher and the prime sponsor of the resolution.
Thursday, May 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
Sen. Scavello discusses property tax elimination bill

Sen. Scavello discusses property tax elimination bill

On Monday afternoon Sen. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) announced legislation, Senate Bill 1137, that would provide for the elimination of school property taxes on all owner-occupied homes in the state.

Monday, April 23, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Changes to teachers’ collective bargaining rights considered at Senate hearing

Changes to teachers’ collective bargaining rights considered at Senate hearing

In light of statewide strikes happening nationally — as well as three years of labor turmoil at a school district in northeastern Pa. — Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) held a public hearing on teachers' unions collective bargaining Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Abortion bill, high school civics test pass House in afternoon votes

Abortion bill, high school civics test pass House in afternoon votes

The House passed one bill that drew fiery opposition and another that won nearly the entire chamber's support during session Monday.

The former, a bill to ban abortion on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis, touched on a partisan wedge issue. The latter, having high school students take a civics test at some point before graduation, was a far easier sell.

Monday, April 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Lawmaker unveils effort to head off schoolkids from justice system

Lawmaker unveils effort to head off schoolkids from justice system

Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia) has drafted a bill that would expunge school suspensions from students’ records. The idea is to limit the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon and to give students a second chance. 

The school-to-prison pipeline is the idea that underfunded public schools that have minimal resources with harsh discipline policies lead to students being funneled into juvenile and criminal justice systems. 
Thursday, March 29, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
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