Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

Charter school package clears House committee but are likely to see significant alterations

The House Education committee approved a slate of bills Monday designed to beef up the state’s charter school law, despite the fact that the committee’s chair acknowledged they will need alteration before being considered by the full chamber.

The four-bill package would aim to modernize the charter school code, which proponents of the measures say hasn’t been meaningfully addressed since it was approve in the 1990s. The bills would give charters the right of first refusal for purchase or lease public school buildings, create a standardized charter application and increase ethics requirements for charter and cyber charter boards.
Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Senate Republicans discuss stricter DUI laws

Senate Republicans discuss stricter DUI laws

Law enforcement leaders and community members joined two Republicans senators Monday to find better ways to stop driving under the influence – and the tragedies it can cause. 

 

Sen. Thomas Killion (R-Delaware) introduced a co-sponsorship memo last month to create stronger penalties for drivers with multiple DUIs and those who repeatedly drive with high blood alcohol content. He hosted the roundtable discussion at Neumann University in Aston. 

Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman comes to Pittsburgh for marijuana listening tour

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman comes to Pittsburgh for marijuana listening tour

Since election season Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has loaned support to recreational marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania, and for the past three months he’s gone from county to county hearing from residents on the issue. This Saturday, with his listening tour coming to a close, he ventured to Allegheny County to hear what citizens had to say.  
Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Advocates, legislators call on the General Assembly for fair funding for urban schools

Advocates, legislators call on the General Assembly for fair funding for urban schools

Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia Dr. William Hite joined legislators and other school superintendents to call on the General Assembly to allow more money for urban school districts. 

Hite stated that they are advocating for every student to be able to "attend a school that is free of hazards that could jeopardize their safety, health and well-being." He also noted that students should be able to attend a school that is fairly funded. 

Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pittsburgh City Controller audits city’s purchases

Pittsburgh City Controller audits city’s purchases

Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb released a performance audit of the city’s Office of Management and Budget’s Bureau of Procurement on Thursday afternoon. 

Within the city the Bureau of Procurement is responsible for soliciting bids from venders and awarding contracts to acquire goods and services for city departments. In the audit of the years 2016-2018 after reviewing processes, procedures, and policies for contracts Lamb’s office found that overall the bureau had made strides in some areas. However, in other areas they continue raising eyebrows.
Sunday, May 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: Audits
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