Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Municipal pension reform likely on hold until next session

Despite getting a legislative vehicle well along in the process, it looks like municipal pension will not have the support it needs in its current form to get across the finish line this fall, putting the reform effort off until the next legislative session in January.

 

The current vehicle legislation—House Bill 414—currently sits in the Senate Finance Committee where stakeholders have been trying to work with members from both sides of the aisle to get a compromise reform measure through the General Assembly since last November when the committee amended a comprehensive municipal reform measure into the bill.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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DHS touts improvements to ChildLine

DHS touts improvements to ChildLine

The Department of Human Services Thursday announced a number of improvements to ChildLine, its child abuse alert call center, that have had an effect on response and processing times.

 

In addition, the department announced improvements have been made to the background check system that many professionals and volunteers must undergo before being able to interact with children.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Government officials, anti-rape advocates call for action on untested rape kit issue

Government officials, anti-rape advocates call for action on untested rape kit issue

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was joined by Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington), law enforcement groups, and anti-rape advocacy organizations Wednesday morning to call for action on the issue of the growing backlog of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania.

 

According to a recent special report issued by the Office of Auditor General, which used a mandated report issued by the Department of Health on untested rape kits, there are currently 3,044 untested rape kits in Pennsylvania and a backlog of 1,852 rape kits awaiting testing.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Saying it’s an indictment of Pennsylvania Department of Education processes and what he called “the worst charter school law in the nation,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday pointed out problems in the department’s charter school payment appeal process.

 

The payment appeal process is triggered when, after a school district does not pay a charter school the amount it believes it is entitled to under the current formula, the department deducts the disputed sum from the state subsidy due the school district and redirects it to the charter school.

Thursday, August 25, 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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