Low-performing schools in Pennsylvania could wind up in a state-run district, under a new proposal in Harrisburg. Philadelphia superintendent William Hite says that could put additional financial pressure on Philadelphia.
In dismissing the suit brought by six school districts, parents, and the NAACP, Commonwealth Court ruled that funding schools is an issue for the state legislature, not the courts.
Stan Saylor (R-York County) told the committe that the GOP property tax relief plan, like Gov. Wolf’s plan, would reduce but not eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania.
Hughes says reports that nominee Marcus Brown recently received an anonymous, racist letter underscores the need to get him approved.
Opinions differed among experts on whether the Pennsylvania legislature should join 23 other states in approving marijuana for medical use.
A Pennsylvania House committee charged with overseeing casino gambling within the commonwealth held a pair of hearings in our region, looking into ways to keep the industry more competitive.
Appearing today at state House budget hearings, William Ryan defended the board’s decision to award a license for a second casino in Philadelphia.
The suit, filed last fall by parents’ groups and a coalition of school districts, claims the current state funding system shortchanges students.
Wolf called for a tax on natural gas drilling, to increase the state’s contribution to public schools to 50 percent.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he thinks there will be some “nice surprises” in the budget address he is preparing to deliver to the state legislature next week. But for now, he’s not tipping his hand.
Wolf says his natural gas drilling tax plan could raise $1 billion, most of which would go to education.
Delilah Rumburg, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, says as it stands now under Pennsylvania law, a rapist has parental rights when his victim chooses to keep the baby.
Organizers hope the rally will help get a minimum wage hike on the agenda of the Pennsylvania Legislature.
It’s part of an ongoing series of meetings of the Basic Education Funding Commission, created by a 2014 law with the goal of coming up with a formula for distributing state funds to school districts.
The cities being sued have already challenged the constitutionality of the law in Commonwealth Court.