School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

The tragic repeat of school shooting headlines moved the Pennsylvania legislature to act this year, to the tune of $60 million extra school safety funding.

But with the budget signed and the distribution system — through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency — set, state Republicans have turned to finding out what else they can do.

From social media bullying to school safety surveys to arming trained school personnel, all were discussed Wednesday at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon as the Senate Republican Policy Committee held its third roundtable on keeping pupils protected.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wolf in Commonwealth Court brief: “Fair funding formula is only as good as the amount of money behind it.”

Wolf in Commonwealth Court brief: “Fair funding formula is only as good as the amount of money behind it.”

Gov. Tom Wolf this week filed a brief in the ongoing education funding lawsuit, disputing an earlier brief submitted by fellow respondent, Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

 

The case, filed by six state school districts represented by the Public Interest Law Center and the Education Law Center in 2015, alleges that Pennsylvania’s education funding formula violates the state’s constitutional guarantee to a “fair and equitably public education.” 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Sen. Regan hopes to end Fentanyl trend with new legislation

VIDEO: Sen. Regan hopes to end Fentanyl trend with new legislation

Earlier this summer Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland) unveiled Senate Bill 1222, a piece of legislation that would create minimum sentencing guidelines for those caught dealing fentanyl.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Wolf creates new advisory commission on LGBTQ rights

Wolf creates new advisory commission on LGBTQ rights

With the wave of his pen, Gov. Tom Wolf is aiming to add more representation for the LGBTQ community to Pennsylvania.

In a statement, the Wolf administration announced the creation of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Monday, which they claimed was the first of its kind in the nation, to coordinate and push for more inclusive state policy.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Comprehensive redistricting reform is dead for 2020, but allies are still looking at smaller fixes

Comprehensive redistricting reform is dead for 2020, but allies are still looking at smaller fixes

Despite a lot of talk, redistricting reform never advanced out from under the weight of over 600 House amendments.

But despite their failure this year, advocates and lawmakers allies are looking at what they can do without a constitutional amendment to change the system ahead of the next census.
Monday, August 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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