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Thursday, July 13, 2017 8:55 AM

I've written a lot about bad or struggling charter schools. I've made no secret of my feeling that although I recognize there are high-performing charter schools with specialized offerings that make sense, our state's terrible charter school law also has paved the way for some really low-performing, poorly run ones that have drained needed resources from the public school system, are insufficiently accountable to anyone and were created for their money-making potential, not any educational need.
Allentown Morning Call, July 12, 2017
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Thursday, July 13, 2017 8:53 AM

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he was optimistic about getting a good budget agreement and that his administration was acting legally in waving through a budget that lacked the tax collections to sustain it for the entire fiscal year, the second time in two years.
Associated Press, July 12, 2017
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:04 AM

Though few are using the word stalemate to describe the state of budget talks in the Capitol, all signs point to difficult days, if not weeks, ahead for negotiations.
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 11, 2017
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:02 AM

Combating school lunch shaming and allowing school boards to lay off teachers for economic reasons are among a litany of proposed changes to the laws governing public schools awaiting action in the General Assembly.
PennLive.com, July 12, 2017
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 9:23 AM

Suspense was palpable Monday at the state Capitol. Would Gov. Tom Wolf veto the $32 billion supposed “budget” that legislators passed without bothering to account for revenue? Would he sign it? Would he let it become law without his signature? There is no such suspense in school district boardrooms across the commonwealth, however. 
Scranton Times-Tribune, July 11, 2017
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 8:48 AM

This week thousands of school principals are gathering in Philadelphia for a first-of-its-kind conference -- the 2017 National Principals Conference. While they were here, a few principals took time to chat with WHYY. Together they paint an interesting portrait of American education, both the vast differences and striking similarities among the nation's many schools.
WHYY Newsworks, July 11, 2017
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 8:44 AM

For the second straight year, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will let a state budget bill become law despite being badly out of balance as he presses Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled legislature to approve a tax package big enough to avoid a credit downgrade.
Associated Press, July 10, 2017
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Monday, July 10, 2017 9:00 AM

Under current law, Pennsylvania school districts create their own meal policies. The State Department of Education provides assistance and resources, in cooperation with federal agencies, to schools that have families struggling to pay for lunch but do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 8, 2017
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Monday, July 10, 2017 8:59 AM

That Pennsylvania budget package? It's still a work in progress. Talks fell short Sunday night as Gov. Tom Wolf and his Democratic allies in the legislature turned down a Republican plan of taxes and other revenue raisers designed to fill an $800 million gap in a $32 billion spending plan.
PennLive.com, July 10, 2017
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Friday, July 7, 2017 8:54 AM

Where Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) may see a glass half full when it comes to a deal on how to pay for the state budget, House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R., Indiana) sees an empty glass.
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2017
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