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
School choice expansion sought at state, national level

School choice expansion sought at state, national level

The movement for increased school choice gained some traction in recent days as a bipartisan group of legislators, including Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), introduced legislation to expand the EITC/OSTC tax credit programs

 

These programs allow businesses to take a tax deduction for donating scholarship funds for low-and-middle-income students and/or providing funds for innovative programs within schools.

Monday, January 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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

Senate Democratic Policy Committee tackles role of charter schools in public education

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the role of charter schools in public education across the state. 

“I hope today’s hearing gives us a better sense of how the charter school system works; how it compliments, or detracts from traditional pubic schools; and ways we can make these schools more efficient, transparent and accountable,” said Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), chairman of the committee. 

Calling Pennsylvania’s charter school law the “worst in the nation,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a 95-page audit last month that revealed numerous examples of financial mismanagement, conflicts of interest and poor oversight.

Thursday, October 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Auditor General DePasquale speaks out on PA charter school law

Auditor General DePasquale speaks out on PA charter school law

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference Thursday afternoon where he discussed the issue with Pennsylvania's charter school law. 

DePasquale stated that Pennsylvania has the "worst charter school law in the United States." 

Thursday, September 22, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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