Pa. educators ask for a seat at the table in response to K-12 mask mandate, COVID-19 mitigation

BY: - September 23, 2021

"We as school administrators have been put in a position to absorb everything that politics creates, and it is breaking the will of decent, loving people," Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational-Technical School Director Barry Fillman. "They cannot get at you to air their grievances. They come to us.”

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, […]


Our autumn of discontent: Three Pa. politics storylines to track this fall | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 7, 2021

Out with the white pants, in with the white shoe lawyers. Our COVID summer is now our autumn of discontent.

A school mask mandate takes effect in Pa. this week: Here’s what to know

BY: - September 5, 2021

When Pennsylvania K-12 students and staff return to the classroom after Labor Day weekend, face coverings should be part of the dress code.


The big hole in Pa.’s COVID-19 safety net for children

BY: - September 4, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a mask mandate for K-12 students this week. The majority-GOP Legislature lined up to oppose it.

Pa. Republicans eye constitutional amendment to restrict top health official, confine powers

BY: - September 1, 2021

A group of three Republican senators announced plans for an amendment that would tie the state health secretary’s response powers to an existing public health disaster emergency declaration.

In change of heart, Wolf admin uses health powers to order K-12 mask mandate in Pa.

BY: and - August 31, 2021

The move is a reversal from Wolf's earlier stance. The Democratic governor had said earlier this month that it was up to school districts to mandate masks.

Two Pa. Democrats propose legislation to impose mask mandates in K-12 schools, childcare facilities

BY: - August 30, 2021

Days after House and Senate leadership denied a request from Gov. Tom Wolf to mandate face coverings in public schools, Sens. Nikil Saval and Judy Schwank announced plans for legislation to establish a mandate for school staff and students.

Pa. GOP candidate says he’ll bring ‘strong men’ to intimidate pro-mask school boards

BY: - August 30, 2021

Steve Lynch, a personal trainer who is running for Northampton County executive, made the threat during a rally in Harrisburg on Sunday night.

Despite a request from Gov. Wolf, GOP lawmakers won’t mandate masks in K-12 schools

BY: - August 26, 2021

The Republican-controlled Legislature won’t be coming back to Harrisburg to mandates masks in K-12 schools.

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Gov. Wolf asks Republican lawmakers to mandate masks in K-12 schools, child care centers

BY: and - August 25, 2021

Wolf said he was “increasingly concerned about misinformation being spread to try to discredit a school district’s clear ability to implement masking.” 

Pa. Republican lawmakers chime in on debate over K-12 school mask mandates

BY: - August 25, 2021

In a Monday letter to school superintendents and board presidents, eight legislative Republicans urged districts in Adams, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, and York counties to leave the decision on mask-wearing up to families.