Senate Education Committee

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite, in file photo by Mike DeNardo)

Hite Sees Danger In Bill To Address PA Struggling Schools

Appearing at a state Senate Education Committee hearing on the measure that would place struggling Pennsylvania schools in a state-run system, Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite said there are aspects of the bill that could support efforts to improve schools.


Indiana County Republican Donald White speaks at a hearing on allowing school employees to carry guns before the PA Senate Education Committee. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Senate Panel Mulls Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns

In an effort to stop mass violence in schools, a Pennsylvania state senate committee has begun vetting legislation that would allow teachers and school employees trained and licensed to carry guns to bring them to work.


keystone exams logo

Pa. School District Officials Blast Idea Of Standardized Test Requirement For Graduation

School board members, parents, school super-intendants, and the teachers’ union voiced their displeasure at a hearing Monday.


(FIle photo provided)

Corbett Takes Heat For Handling Of Chester-Upland School District Troubles

Governor Corbett is coming under fire from a key state senator of his own party for his administration’s handling of the situation with Chester-Upland and other financially troubled school districts in the state.


Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter in Harrisburg. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Nutter Lobbies For State Action On City Reassessments

Mayor Nutter went to Harrisburg yesterday to press for action on state legislation that will enable the city of Philadelphia to overhaul its property tax assessment system.


Feather Houstoun at her SRC confirmation hearing. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Nominee For Last SRC Vacancy Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

The nominee for the last vacancy on Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission sailed through her confirmation hearing in Harrisburg yesterday.


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.