Capitol Update

(Apr 28) Lancaster Will Host Governor’s Awards for the Arts for the First Time

By Jane Holahan LancasterOnline Folks in Lancaster know how important the arts are to our community. Now, the rest of Pennsylvania will know as well. Lancaster has been named the host city for the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts, … Continue reading »

(Apr 27) PA Will No Longer Allow Long Grace Period for School Vaccinations

by David Wenner The Patriot-News Students entering kindergarten in Pennsylvania will have five days to receive the required vaccinations or prove they are scheduled to receive them. Children who aren’t vaccinated could be barred from attending school. The regulation, which takes … Continue reading »

(Apr 20) Critics Blast Bill by Rep. Reese That Would Rewrite Charter School Law

By John Finnerty The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat A proposed rewrite of the state charter school law would allow public schools to keep almost $30 million by adding deductions for costs that computer-based schools don’t have. Democrats contend the state could provide … Continue reading »

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(Apr 27) Pittsburgh Schools Unveil Five-Year Plan to Close Achievement Gap

by Molly Born Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Public Schools on Thursday unveiled a wide-ranging five-year strategic plan that includes an emphasis on eliminating the racial achievement gap and improving teacher professional development. The plan “Expect Great Things” draws in part from … Continue reading »

(Apr 27) Charter Supporters Ask SRC for a Second Chance

By Kristen A. Graham Philly.com Students, parents, and teachers from a Port Richmond charter school that the Philadelphia School District has recommended for nonrenewal turned out in force Thursday to ask for a second chance. Citing poor academic performance, the … Continue reading »

(Apr 27) Labor Unions Back Erie Community College

By Jim Martin Erie Times-News Empower Erie’s plan for a community college picked up a new endorsement Thursday – several of them, actually, representing thousands of unionized workers. The Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council, Great Lakes Building Trades and AFSCME Local … Continue reading »

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