Pennsylvania school choice advocates leery of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans

By   /  August 24, 2015  /  Education, General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans to plug the bleeding budget of one school district has school choice advocates bracing for a war on charter schools. Earlier this year, Wolf proposed a state spending plan that called for seizing charter school savings and reduced funding for cyber charter schools. Last week, […]

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Opinions vary on state takeover of Pennsylvania’s failing schools

By   /  May 29, 2015  /  General, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org Philadelphia is ground zero for many of the state’s failing schools, but the city’s top educator is leery of proposed legislation aimed at turning those schools around. William Hite, the superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, recently testified in Harrisburg that the proposal to turn failing public schools into […]

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PA Senate, House cooking up pension bills

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org Changes may be coming to Pennsylvania’s budget-busting public retirement programs. The state Senate is moving quickly this week to approve a major overhaul of Pennsylvania’s two public pension plans. The Republican-backed proposal would change benefits for future state workers and public school employees. It’s set for a final vote that […]

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Property tax relief to take center stage in PA state House

By   /  May 11, 2015  /  General, Governor, Legislature, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent This is a big week for homeowners in Pennsylvania who want something done about their tax bills. The state House is expected to take up legislation from state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, which, he says, would reduce school property tax bills by 40 percent to 60 percent in most districts. […]

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