The financial woes of the Chester Upland School District were front and center in the state capitol as dozens of parents with students at Chester Community Charter School protested a delay in state funding.
The move by Harrisburg City Council to file for bankruptcy comes after years of debate on how deal with staggering debt from construction of a trash incinerator.
The House and Senate have now each passed bills with similar but slightly different language that would change the current state law that holds that a defendant deemed only 1-percent liable in a case involving multiple defendants could be required to pay 100-percent of the judgment.
With Governor Corbett calling for major cuts to public education in his proposed budget, a bi-partisan group of state Senators is backing legislation to relieve school districts of mandates, in order to help them cope.
Along with an effort to sell off state liquor stores, a new attempt to establish a school voucher program is shaping up as one of the big issues for Pennsylvania lawmakers in the year ahead.
Charter school advocates say the Philadelphia School District is violating state law by capping the number of slots at city charter schools. Those advocates spoke at an assembly Monday afternoon at a school in the center of the fight.