With straight-ticket voting officially eliminated in PA, other states show a mixed bag of potential ramifications

With straight-ticket voting officially eliminated in PA, other states show a mixed bag of potential ramifications

Tuesday marked the last hurrah for straight-party voting in the state, with the option to vote for every candidate of a single party via the push of a button set to disappear next spring after Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a significant overhaul of the state’s election system.

The provision was a key bargaining chip for Republicans in potentially reforming the state’s election system. The first attempt at ending straight-ticket voting was met with Wolf’s veto pen over the summer, however, with the governor citing potential effects on voter turnout.
Thursday, November 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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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
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Controversial school choice bill clears committee hurdle

Controversial school choice bill clears committee hurdle

A House committee approved Monday a controversial expansion of the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit, which proponents argue would help satiate high demand for the school choice instrument.

The proposal, authored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), would increase the EITC’s funding cap from $160 million to $260, and includes an escalator to continue boosting the cap as long as 90 percent of credits were claimed in the prior year.
Monday, April 29, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state's workforce

Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state's workforce

Workforce development was a popular topic at the Capitol Tuesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order creating a workforce command center, designed to coordinate state efforts to provide job training with the needs of private industry.

At the same time, a group of bipartisan lawmakers also announced an effort to boost the state’s career and technical education efforts as a means of bolstering its job force.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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