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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 8:52 AM

The state House might vote on a bipartisan, nine-bill package to enhance career and technical education on April 30, Altoona’s state representative said. House Education Committee member Rep. John McGinnis, R-Altoona, emailed Wednesday from Harrisburg that all nine bills will likely be voted on at the next session day on April 30.
Altoona Mirror, April 25, 2018
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:47 AM

More than a month after announcing plans to improve school safety audits, Pennsylvania's Auditor General has been traveling the state to get input on how to do that. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he's been visiting schools to get input from students about what they think will help to make them safer.
WITF, April 22, 2018
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:46 AM

Nearly all of Erie County’s 13 school districts have lined up to oppose a piece of school-choice legislation that could reshape the finances of public and private schools statewide. The districts, like their counterparts throughout Pennsylvania, are waiting to see what happens next in Harrisburg with the legislation, called state Senate Bill 2.
Erie News-Times, April 24, 2018
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 8:19 AM

Thanks to your efforts, yesterday afternoon, the Senate Education Committee removed Senate Bill 2 (Sen. DiSanto, R-Dauphin) from the agenda for today's meeting (April 24). 

As you know, this bill establishes Education Savings Account (ESA) vouchers, a program that takes tax money out of your neighborhood public schools to be used for private schools and vendors.
 
This marks the third time that the committee has unsuccessfully tried to move Senate Bill 2 forward. After failed attempts last October and again in December, the committee had announced late last Friday that the bill would be included on the voting agenda for a meeting set for April 24.

 
Monday, April 23, 2018 8:43 AM

The Seneca Valley School Board has taken a stand against proposed legislation that would allow private schools to get state education funding. Board members passed a resolution Monday opposing Education Savings Account voucher programs outlined in state Senate Bill 2. The bill is currently before the state Senate Education Committee.
Cranberry Eagle, April 20, 2018
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Monday, April 23, 2018 8:42 AM

The schedule — long popular in rural Western communities — is becoming more common elsewhere as school leaders search for ways to both attract teachers and save money
Stateline.org, April 21, 2018
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Monday, April 23, 2018 8:40 AM

The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has begun dismissing hundreds of civil rights complaints under a new protocol that allows investigators to disregard cases that are part of serial filings or that they consider burdensome to the office. Department officials said the new policy targeted advocates who flooded the office with thousands of complaints for similar violations, jamming its investigation pipeline with cases that could be resolved without exhausting staff and resources.
Bradford Era, April 21, 2018
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Friday, April 20, 2018 11:28 AM

State regulation does not prohibit school districts from donating real property to other entities, said John Callahan, chief advocacy officer for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
Beaver County Times, April 19, 2018
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Friday, April 20, 2018 11:26 AM

Some made impassioned pleas for change. Others argued for fortifying schools rather than regulating guns. Still others talked about domestic violence, mental health, urban gun deaths, and other issues. In what they called an unprecedented series of hearings, three dozen Pennsylvania House members took turns speaking over six days about gun safety and how to prevent mass shootings.
Philadelphia Inquirer, April 19, 2018
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Friday, April 20, 2018 11:25 AM

On the eve of the Columbine school massacre's 19th anniversary and with emotional scars from February's Florida school shooting still raw, a diverse group of people gathered Thursday evening at Susquehanna Township High School to consider how to strengthen school safety. Pennsylvania Cable Network will rebroadcast the event at 8:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
PennLive, April 20, 2018
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