Jeffrey Piccola

(Dr. David Clark, CEO of the Chester Community Charter School, addresses today's rally for school funding in Harrisburg.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Republican Pa. Lawmaker Backs Rally’s Call For Emergency Schools Funding

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 City of Harrisburg, including the state capitol at center.  File photo)

Pa. State Senator Calls Harrisburg Bankruptcy Filing ‘Just For Show’

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 Pennsylvania Capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill To Shake Up Lawsuit Liability Rules

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 Looming Budget Cuts, School Districts Get Some Help From Lawmakers

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.



Pennsylvania Lawmakers Revisit School Voucher Program

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.


Sen. Jeffrey Piccola (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Charter School Debate Heating Up

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.