Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

There’s no clear, unified answer on how to curb school shootings in the US, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers across the country from trying.

Pennsylvania legislators have attempted to take a balanced approach by helping schools enhance their security, while also making it easier to report potential threats. As lawmakers in the General Assembly — and across the country — continue searching for answers, one state legislator wants to build off the state’s Safe2Say anonymous tip reporting system and provide additional funding to schools for employee self-defense training.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Policy Committee hearing stresses need for new bullying legislation

Policy Committee hearing stresses need for new bullying legislation

Testimony before the House Democratic Policy Committee Tuesday drove home one clear point: Bullying can no longer be considered just a part of growing up. It needs to be stopped.

Parents and experts spoke to state representatives in Germantown for over two hours. Stories of physical abuse, taunting, changing schools, and even suicide attempts mixed grief with anger. While many things may cause bullying, the anger it creates appears to be fomenting action from the legislature.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

Even though ruled law of the land, how to put Janus into state code sparks controversy

A hearing on a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling got a little chippy Wednesday as lawmakers attempted to discredit testimony on the politically charged topic of public sector unions.

With the 5-4 June decision from the country’s highest court, unions representing government employees can no longer ask every workplace member for agency fees.

However, state law still allows for the charging of agency fees, whether involuntary or voluntarily, and Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York) introduced her bill, HB 2571, to put the commonwealth in compliance with the new interpretation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

In a decision that could have implications for years going forward, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that public employees do not have to pay agency fees to their workplace’s union.

The case, brought by Illinois state employee Mark Janus against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local, overturned an earlier SCOTUS ruling that said public workplace unions could mandate employees pay into the union to cover collective bargaining and other workplace related expenses.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Changes to teachers’ collective bargaining rights considered at Senate hearing

Changes to teachers’ collective bargaining rights considered at Senate hearing

In light of statewide strikes happening nationally — as well as three years of labor turmoil at a school district in northeastern Pa. — Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) held a public hearing on teachers' unions collective bargaining Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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