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COMMENTARY
Svante Paabo Wins Nobel Prize For Neanderthal Genome Decoding

Still think everything is awful? Here are three reasons for hope | John L. Micek

BY: - October 4, 2022

The Nobel Prizes awarded this week are a welcome reminder of the transformative power of knowledge.

GOP opposition to proposed Wolf regs on carbon pricing; charter schools could shape coming months

BY: and - April 7, 2022

Wolf, who has long called for charter school reform and a raise to the minimum wage, celebrated the commission’s decision, pushing back against accusations from Republicans by telling the commission the regulations are not outside of its jurisdiction.

In final year, Wolf touts multi-billion surplus; but projections depict gloomy fiscal future

BY: - January 20, 2022

This sign of economic strength, Wolf said, was a direct result of his “progressive” policy agenda, which has resulted in $2.8 billion more in education spending, lower prison populations, and more government funding for economic development and health care.

Wolf vetoes school curriculum bill; signs nine others, including broadband authority, into law

BY: - December 22, 2021

State law already requires public schools to allow parents and guardians access to their child’s curriculum, academic standards, instructional materials, and assessment techniques by request.

Curriculum transparency bill heads to Wolf’s desk, who opposes it

BY: and - December 15, 2021

The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House voted along party lines 112-88 Wednesday to approve the legislation, authored by state Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin.

Beginning in January, Pa. K-12 schools can modify, terminate universal mask mandate

BY: and - November 8, 2021

Starting in  January, Pennsylvania public schools will be able to modify or terminate the state’s universal mask mandate.

Pa. House GOP splits, votes down vouchers for closed schools, mask requirements

BY: - September 30, 2021

The conflicts at play in Sonney’s amendment and DelRosso’s underlying bill — between public and private education, and how to respond to the pandemic — join one long running debate with a more current flash point.

Philly schools superintendent William Hite is leaving

BY: - September 28, 2021

“As I continue to serve the students, families and staff of the School District of Philadelphia throughout this next year, I do so with deep pride and humility,” Hite said.

House Republicans punt on school masks vote after returning early to address it

BY: - September 21, 2021

But a little more than a day later, and the answer from the caucus was “let’s talk later,” as the chamber tabled nine similar but distinct amendments to create exemptions in or completely repeal Wolf’s order.

To block school mask order, House GOP appeals to arcane committee

BY: - September 14, 2021

Majority House Republicans have asked an obscure state regulatory oversight committee to review the Wolf administration’s school mask mandate.  In a 15-5 vote on Tuesday, the GOP-controlled House Health Committee’s lawmakers approved a six-page letter laying out their legal objections to the order.  It goes on to request that the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Documents […]

COMMENTARY

Student loan debt is crushing Americans: 4 essential reads | Analysis

BY: - September 12, 2021

What practical effect will debt relief have, not only on individual borrowers but society and the economy as a whole?

As masked kids return to class, Pa. House plots early return to challenge Wolf order

BY: - September 7, 2021

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is coming back early from its summer recess to challenge the Wolf administration’s new school mask mandate. The move by the Republican-controlled lower chamber is the latest legislative challenge to Gov. Tom Wolf’s health orders. The lower chamber scheduled four new session days for next week and the week after, […]