Press Releases

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:12 AM

Leaders of the state House of Representatives have taken steps to defuse a looming fight over transgender services that could have imperiled health insurance coverage for tens of thousands of Pennsylvania children.
PennLive, Nov. 20, 2017
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Monday, November 20, 2017 11:09 AM

For more than two decades, The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, has provided health coverage to millions of kids nationwide. But lawmakers have yet to reauthorize it, and that’s putting states whose funding expires soon in a bind. In Pennsylvania, that could jeopardize health care for upwards of 150,000 kids come February.
WHYY, Nov. 18, 2017
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Monday, November 20, 2017 11:08 AM

Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education proposed Computer Science for All standards for schools in the state. During a State Board Education meeting, the Education Department highlighted the significance of making computer science available for all students.
USA Herald, Nov. 17, 2017
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Monday, November 20, 2017 11:07 AM

While the state legislature considers how or whether to replace property tax, there’s another element to the tax that is creating controversy. Legislation in the state House would make it harder for school districts and other local taxing bodies to do “spot assessments” that seek to get an updated estimate of the value of a property after it’s been purchased.
Daily Item, Nov. 18, 2017
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Friday, November 17, 2017 8:23 AM

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission is on its way to extinction. The state-devised panel, the ruler of the School District for 16 years, voted to dissolve itself Thursday night, declaring that the era of distress for the city’s schools was over.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 16, 2017
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Friday, November 17, 2017 8:22 AM

When finalizing the state budget last month, Pennsylvania lawmakers inked yet another delay for a plan that would require students to pass standardized tests before graduating high school.
WHYY Keystone Crossroads, Nov. 16, 2017
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Friday, November 17, 2017 8:20 AM

Pennsylvania is already on track to have a significant budget gap next year. A study from the Independent Fiscal Office shows lawmakers will likely need to come up with about a billion dollars to keep the books balanced.
WITF, Nov. 17, 2017
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Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:43 AM

Nearly 1,000 students from hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico are now in Pennsylvania and enrolling in school districts across the state. In just one month the number of students enrolling has jumped from 102 to now 977.
CBS Channel 21, Nov. 16, 2017
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Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:42 AM

Balancing Pennsylvania's budget by relying on fees from gambling split the vote of the area's Republican delegation. They saw the option as unappealing, but some said it was better than raising taxes. The choice comes with the baggage of social ills and may be a sustainable source of state revenue.
WITF, Nov. 16, 2017
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Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:41 AM

The state legislature has received its yearly audit, which looks at reserves lawmakers keep on hand in case pay for themselves and their staff gets cut off during a budget impasse.
WITF, Nov. 16, 2017
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