Philadelphia City Council hopes to prod city schools into banning elementary suspensions

Philadelphia City Council hopes to prod city schools into banning elementary suspensions

Philadelphia City Council has been considering a resolution to urge the School District of Philadelphia to permanently prohibit suspending students in first to fifth grades.

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (At-large) is a former teacher and the prime sponsor of the resolution.
Thursday, May 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
Conflict-of-interest bill not targeted at single legislator, says sponsor

Conflict-of-interest bill not targeted at single legislator, says sponsor

The House State Government Committee Tuesday passed House Bill 1970, which bans legislators from serving as a solicitor in a municipality or school district. Though it likely only affects one sitting legislator, its sponsor denied it was a targeted measure.

Thursday, May 3, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Independent policy think tank gives General Assembly options to keep PASSHE sustainable

Independent policy think tank gives General Assembly options to keep PASSHE sustainable

RAND Corporation, a policy research organization, testified Monday before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Education committees after releasing a report on Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) needs and performance last week.

Monday, April 30, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Tags: PASSHE
House members focus on bills to curb sexual misconduct in the workplace

House members focus on bills to curb sexual misconduct in the workplace

The House Labor and Industry Committee reviewed several bills intended to minimize sexual harassment in the workplace during a public hearing Tuesday.

Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) are sponsors of House Resolution 828, which would create a specific task force to review current laws and procedures and provide suggestions for improvements. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his support for bills increasing gun control in the state Monday as elected officials weigh how best to reduce gun deaths.

A major target of Wolf’s encouragement was SB 501, the first major gun policy bill since the Parkland School shooting — which has brought the gun debate to blistering new levels — to pass a chamber. 

Monday, April 23, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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