House committees examine proposal to require civics education graduation test

House committees examine proposal to require civics education graduation test

The House Education and House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees held a joint hearing Monday morning to review House Bill 1858, legislation that would require Pennsylvania students to pass a civics education test as a prerequisite to high school graduation.

 

The test would be identical to the one immigrants take before becoming US citizens and students would have to pass the test with a score of 60 percent or higher.

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

Gov. Tom Wolf and Education Sec. Pedro Rivera Wednesday announced the formation of a new division within the Pennsylvania Department of Education aimed at accountability and improving quality in charter schools.

 

The announcement said the new Division of Charter Schools will provide technical support and guidance to charter schools to help them increase student performance, parent and community involvement, and ensure financial and academic responsibility.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Education unanimously agrees to school district consolidation study

House Education unanimously agrees to school district consolidation study

The House Education Committee met Monday and unanimously approved a resolution calling on the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the feasibility of and potential cost-savings from school district consolidation.

The resolution, House Resolution 910, is sponsored by Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).

Monday, June 6, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Fair Funding Formula finally law in Pennsylvania

Fair Funding Formula finally law in Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1552 allowing the new basic education funding formula to become law in Pennsylvania.

The bill is now known as Act 35.

Thursday, June 2, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Legislation filed to combat “Ghost Teachers”

Legislation filed to combat “Ghost Teachers”

The House Education Committee next week is scheduled to vote on House Bill 2125, legislation purported to combat the so-called “ghost teacher” issue in Pennsylvania.

Sponsors of the legislation say the bill will also save taxpayer resources that can be used elsewhere in the classroom. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
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