Auditor General DePasquale requests travel details after authorized Pittsburgh Public Schools trip

Auditor General DePasquale requests travel details after authorized Pittsburgh Public Schools trip

What started out as professional development trip has landed Pittsburgh Public Schools administrators in hot water. When it was revealed that Superintendent Anthony Hammel and his deputies made an unauthorized detour to Cuba eyebrows were raised and last week an investigation into the finances and ethics involved was launched. 

And now, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is stepping in. Locally, the district and taxpayers are concerned the administrators involved violated policies on not accepting gifts from outside venders. DePasquale has some questions too and Monday requested that the district provide details on travel by the district and what contracts were used without seeking bids. 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Freshman Focus: Rep. Andrew Lewis

Freshman Focus: Rep. Andrew Lewis

Meet Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin). He decided to run because he believes Pennsylvania can be one of the top states in the country for jobs and opportunity, and he wanted to be part of the movement. 

Find out more about Lewis like what his other goals are and what he likes to do in his spare time. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Madden and McNeill push to join other states in banning pet leasing

VIDEO: Madden and McNeill push to join other states in banning pet leasing

Rep. Maureen Madden (D-Monroe) and Rep. Jeanie McNeill (D-Lehigh) are working on legislation that would ban pet leasing in Pennsylvania. 

Pet leasing is the practice of leasing a pet to a customer on a contract basis. Those who get hooked into these contracts end up paying far more than the original price of the pet due to fees. 


Wednesday, May 22, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg

Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg

Incumbent Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney beat back a primary challenge from Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) Tuesday, clearing the way for a second term. Meanwhile, Republicans retained control of two Senate seats and a spot in the state House, bringing their drought in 2019 special elections to an end.

Doug Mastriano and Joe Pittman won races to replace retiring Senators Don White (R-Indiana) and Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) respectively, while Marci Mustello defeated Democrat Sam Doctor to fill the seat vacated by embattled former Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler). Those victories come after Democrats regained control of two House seats and flipped a state Senate seat in special elections earlier this year.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Rabb touts education fair funding at local school

Rep. Rabb touts education fair funding at local school

On the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) celebrated a school opening a new library. He also took time to discuss the need for fair funding for education.

Rabb has introduced legislation to funnel all the education budget through the proposed “fair funding” formula. Currently only new funds have gone through the student-weighted approach, which is about nine percent of the total state budget.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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