After week of controversy, Wagner uses press club to tout education plan

After week of controversy, Wagner uses press club to tout education plan

At a press luncheon Monday, gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner continued his campaign narrative that he, and not Gov. Tom Wolf, will be a true champion for public education, while criticizing media coverage of issues he sees as trivial.

Since June, his campaign has seized on two sets of remarks, one from Wolf himself, the other from a top aide, to claim that the governor wants to shift all school funding through the 2015 fair funding formula.

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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DePasquale releases recommendations and findings from school safety task force report

DePasquale releases recommendations and findings from school safety task force report

On Monday afternoon Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted a press conference where he discussed the recommendations in the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force final report.
 

From April until June the task force held six regional round tables at schools where they listened to parents, students, school officials, law enforcement and others about their ideas on how to keep school safe and secure. 

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Commonwealth Court rules against last challenge, letting school funding suit to advance

Commonwealth Court rules against last challenge, letting school funding suit to advance

A lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s school funding advanced once again over the objection of state lawmakers.

Late last year the state Supreme Court ordered the Commonwealth Court to hear the case, first filed in 2014. Despite challenges from both Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), the court denied preliminary objections in May 2018.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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In Philadelphia, Democrats pitch free tuition at state schools

In Philadelphia, Democrats pitch free tuition at state schools

Tyrell Mann-Barnes is a senior biology student ready to start pursuing med school. He’s from a low-income family in Philadelphia and the first generation that went to college. His other siblings went to school for athletic scholarships, but that wasn’t an option for him. His cousins didn’t even apply because college is expensive. He knew college would change his life, so he found a way. 

He became student body president and a resident assistant for three years. His positions led to decreased tuition and covered his room and food costs.

“I would have been a housing and food insecure student [otherwise],” he said. 

Although he’s happy with his accomplishments, he doesn’t want other students to struggle like he did. At a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Thursday, he said the PA Promise Plan may be a step in the right direction. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

The tragic repeat of school shooting headlines moved the Pennsylvania legislature to act this year, to the tune of $60 million extra school safety funding.

But with the budget signed and the distribution system — through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency — set, state Republicans have turned to finding out what else they can do.

From social media bullying to school safety surveys to arming trained school personnel, all were discussed Wednesday at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon as the Senate Republican Policy Committee held its third roundtable on keeping pupils protected.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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