Capitol Update

(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 »

(Jul 15) Lesson learned?: Public outrage likely forced a faster state budget

By the Editorial Board Pittsburgh Post-Gazette If the comparatively swift delivery of a budget is any sign, state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf heard loud and clear the public’s dissatisfaction with the previous year’s gridlock. If they have some momentum … Continue reading »

(Jul 14) Pedro A. Rivera: New state budget invests in Wilkes-Barre Area students, and boosts Pennsylvania’s prospects

By Pedro A. Rivera, PA Secretary of Education – Guest columnist Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre) The 2016-17 budget provides a significant step forward for Pennsylvania schools. It will help promote student success, and improve access to a high-quality education – regardless … Continue reading »

(Jul 14) Pa. budget deal with education funding boost hinged on compromise, avoiding controversy

From Keystone Crossroads The dust has settled on the 2016-17 Pennsylvania budget, and, as usual, debates over education funding and policy dominated much of the negotiations. Last year this time, Democrats and Republicans were still miles apart on budget talks, … Continue reading »

(Jul 11) Pennsylvania adopts a new formula to fund schools

By Lucas Rodgers Daily Local News (Chester County) Last year Pennsylvania had the highest public school funding gap in the country between rich school districts and poor school districts, according to data from the United States Department of Education. However, … Continue reading »

(Jan 4) Pennsylvania school districts starting to get state’s long-delayed funding

By Karen Langley and Mary Niederberger Pittsburgh Post-Gazette HARRISBURG — The Wolf administration announced Monday how education money from the new partial state budget would be distributed, and school districts could begin receiving it as early as today. School districts … Continue reading »

(Sep 30) ‘Wild West’ charter school spending, lack of openness spotlighted in Roebuck report

Reining in overpayments could help resolve state budget impasse State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., today released a report on Pennsylvania charter schools that spotlights what he called the “Wild West” spending or borrowing practices of some, as well as a … Continue reading »