Capitol Update

(April 22) Report: Let’s learn from the 1 in 6 high-performing Pa. charter schools; Roebuck plans bill to address $1.8M in overpayments, plus delayed payments around Pa.

Text from Press Release PHILADELPHIA, April 21 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, today released a new report showing that about one in six charter schools in Pennsylvania is high-performing. The report also addresses … Continue reading »

(April 21) PA cyber charter schools could be funded by state, not districts

By Maura Pennington | PA Independent PHILADELPHIA — Instead of relying on payments from each of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, one state lawmaker says cyber charter schools should be funded directly by the state. State Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver, says he wants … Continue reading »

(April 8) Commonwealth Court denies charter school’s appeal

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 8, 2014 9:49 AM (Harrisburg) — In a decision posted this morning, the Commonwealth Court has affirmed the York City School District Board of Directors’s decision to revoke the charter for New Hope Charter … Continue reading »

(April 1) Legislators want state to repay schools owed $1.7B with Corbett’s proposed block grant money

By Jeff Frantz | on March 31, 2014 at 3:46 PM, updated March 31, 2014 at 5:17 PM Gov. Tom Corbett wants the state to spend an extra $240 million on education block grants next year. But some lawmakers in the House … Continue reading »

(March 19) State Senate OKs bill to help schools with snow days

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 19, 2014 4:43 PM (Harrisburg) — Pennsylvania’s public schools are closer to getting more flexibility in making up snow days after a vote in Harrisburg. The state Senate approved the bill unanimously today, … Continue reading »

(March 19) Harrisburg Area Community College funding flexibility bill moves out of Senate

By Jan Murphy | on March 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM, updated March 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM The state Senate passed legislation to provide flexibility in the 50-year-old funding arrangement that Harrisburg Area Community College has with its 22 sponsoring school … Continue reading »

(Feb 24) Sen. Joe Scarnati: 110 Pennsylvania schools receive $2.6 million in Safe School Targeted Grants

Text of Feb. 21 press release.   A total of 110 school districts in Pennsylvania have been selected to receive Pennsylvania school safety grants totaling $2.6 million, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson). The grants being awarded today are for … Continue reading »

(Feb 14) Sen. Mike Folmer to host two education-related town hall meetings

By Jan Murphy | n February 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM The Senate Education Committee chairman is hosting two upcoming meetings that will focus specifically on education-related issues designed for parents to share their thoughts and concerns about education in Pennsylvania. The meetings … Continue reading »

(Feb 12) Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s 2014 agenda includes looking at state university system and charter school law

By Jan Murphy | on February 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM Auditor General Eugene DePasquale came before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning to make a pitch for more money for his department and to offer a preview of the areas his … Continue reading »

(Feb 6) Green, Jimenez confirmed to SRC

BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer POSTED: February 05, 2014 BY AN overwhelming majority, the state Senate yesterday confirmed Gov. Corbett’s two nominees for the School Reform Commission, City Councilman Bill Green and People’s Emergency Center CEO Farah Jimenez. Green, … Continue reading »