Capitol Update

(May 17) Mango for Governor: Paul Mango Announces Candidacy For Governor of Pennsylvania

Mango for Governor: Paul Mango announces candidacy for governor of Pennsylvania. Text of May 17 press release. Mango to visit Pittsburgh, New Milford, Scranton, and Mechanicsburg on tour. ANNOUNCEMENT & SPEECH TEXT PITTSBURGH – Veteran and prominent Pittsburgh-area businessman Paul … Continue reading »

(May 8) PA Senate Sends Bill to Wolf’s Desk That Encourages School Bus Drivers and Crossing Guards to Train to Use EpiPens on Students Suffering Severe Allergic Reactions By Promising Them Civil Immunity

By Charles Thompson The Patriot-News The Pennsylvania Senate gave swift and easy passage Monday to a bill that would extend “good Samaritan” immunity to school bus drivers and crossing guards called upon to administer auto-injectors like EpiPens to students. The … Continue reading »

(May 7) Delaware County Daily Times Calls for Citizens to Demand State Address School Funding Inequities

By Editorial Board Delaware County Times Brandt reported on two recent studies which analyzed school funding under the current application of the so-called fair funding formula. The results paint a startling picture of discrimination. Not only were poorer districts getting … Continue reading »

(May 1) Federal Government Relaxes Nutrition Standards for School Lunches

By Mary Clare Jalonick Associated Press via ABC 27 News LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Schools won’t have to cut the salt in meals just yet and they can serve kids fewer whole grains, under changes to federal nutrition standards announced Monday. … Continue reading »

(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 »

(Apr 20) Scranton Times-Tribune Gives Thumbs Down to PA Senate Bill That Would Allow Teachers To Carry Loaded Guns In Classrooms

By The Editorial Board The Scranton Times-Tribune Allowing teachers to carry loaded guns in school would cause more problems than it would solve, yet the state Senate Education Committee has approved a bill to allow school personnel to pack much … Continue reading »

(Jul 15) Gov. Tom Wolf: Good news from Harrisburg, The timely passage of a strong budget bodes well for Pa.

by Governor Tom Wolf Pittsburgh Post-Gazette After months of negotiations and compromise, Pennsylvania has secured a 2016-2017 state budget that increases funding for schools, devotes resources to battle the opioid-abuse epidemic and reduces the deficit. As has been said by … Continue reading »

(Jul 15) State universities to see a $178 tuition increase, smallest in nine years

by Vibha Kannan, Staff Writer The Philadelphia Inquirer The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s board of governors on Thursday approved a $178 tuition increase for state universities this fall – the smallest hike in nine years. Full-time in-state students … Continue reading »