Universal lead testing bill sparks debate over how children should be tested

Universal lead testing bill sparks debate over how children should be tested

A bill that would require universal lead testing for all Pennsylvania children passed the House Children and Youth Committee with bipartisan support on Wednesday, but the bill’s passage sparked a broader conversation about how the testing should be administered.

 

Sponsored by Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia), House Bill 79 would require physicians to test children for lead at one and two years of age. It would also establish a confidential registry of testing results to help physicians identify whether children have been tested.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of November 18

5 bills to watch for the week of November 18

We get it, session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From a lobbying gift ban to school choice, here are five bills to watch for the week of November 18.
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
In effort to better consider effects of poverty, legislators consider altering state's teacher evaluation system

In effort to better consider effects of poverty, legislators consider altering state's teacher evaluation system

If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

That’s the motto of lawmakers leading a push to alter the way teachers across the state are evaluated, with reports that the seven-year-old system is penalizing teachers in schools that are lower performing or in high poverty areas.
Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Incarcerated mothers, veteran tax exemptions and fireworks

Did You Get The Memo? Incarcerated mothers, veteran tax exemptions and fireworks

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that address the treatment of incarcerated mothers, prevailing wage requirements for school districts and municipalities and state laws pertaining to fireworks.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

The House Education committee approved a slate of bills Monday designed to beef up the state’s charter school law, despite the fact that the committee’s chair acknowledged they will need alteration before being considered by the full chamber.

The four-bill package would aim to modernize the charter school code, which proponents of the measures say hasn’t been meaningfully addressed since it was approve in the 1990s. The bills would give charters the right of first refusal for purchase or lease public school buildings, create a standardized charter application and increase ethics requirements for charter and cyber charter boards.
Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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