Rep. Hickernell shares views as new House Education chairman

Rep. Hickernell shares views as new House Education chairman

With changes to both the Senate and House Education Committees, The PLS Reporter has been talking with the new chairmen to get their views on what they might prioritize in terms of education policy and what new their committees might address in the coming session.

This week, we talk with Rep. David Hickernell (R-Lancaster) in his new role as Majority Chairman of the House Education Committee, who told us one of his priorities will be discussing and advancing legislation that will provide Pennsylvania students with a diverse range of educational choices.

Friday, February 3, 2017/Author: Matt Hess
Categories: News and Views
New Senate Education Chairman Calls for Accountability in Education System

New Senate Education Chairman Calls for Accountability in Education System

The new session brings new chairmen to both the Senate and House Education Committees and this feature spotlights Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) in his new role as Majority Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Right off the bat, Chairman Eichelberger said substantial change and more accountability need to be brought to Pennsylvania’s schools, particularly in tough state budget times.

Friday, January 20, 2017/Author: Matt Hess
Categories: News and Views
PlanCon advisory committee looks at flexible approach to school construction projects

PlanCon advisory committee looks at flexible approach to school construction projects

The Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory Committee met early Tuesday to hear an overview of the PlanCon process and discuss possible changes to the system.

The advisory committee was formed under Act 25 of 2016, which was the Fiscal Code bill accompanying the FY 2015-2016 budget bill that became law without the governor’s signature in April and is tasked with examining the PlanCon program, determining its deficiencies, and how it can be improved.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
PlanCon advisory committee holds first meeting

PlanCon advisory committee holds first meeting

The Public School Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee formed under this fiscal year’s Fiscal Code held its first meeting Wednesday to meet its statutory charge of hearing a presentation of the Department of Education on the PlanCon program.

While the committee met its requirement, committee member Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh)—who informally took over the meeting as chairman—said the function of the committee will not be limited to just receiving information from PDE.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf to allow supplemental budget to become law without his signature

Gov. Wolf to allow supplemental budget to become law without his signature

Gov. Tom Wolf announced his decision Wednesday about what he will do with the $6 billion-plus budget supplemental the General Assembly put on his desk last week, saying at an afternoon press conference that he will allow the bill to become law without his signature.

He said he will also be allowing the non-preferred appropriations to become law.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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