GOP opposition to proposed Wolf regs on carbon pricing; charter schools could shape coming months
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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 […]
Student loan debt is crushing Americans: 4 essential reads | Analysis
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
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, […]
Capital-Star Q+A: Pa. is sick and needs a doctor, says GOP Gov. candidate Nche Zama
"I realized that Pennsylvania is dying. And if Pennsylvania’s dying, it is very much in need of a cardiac surgeon for heart surgery."