Pennsylvania Watchdog

Pension system ‘treading water’ in Pittsburgh

By   /  December 8, 2016  /  Pennsylvania, Pensions  /  No Comments

Pittsburgh's pension system is only 62 percent funded, but that's way better than it was just two years ago.

The employee pension system in Pittsburgh remains chronically underfunded, despite major cash infusions over the last twelve years.

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Will Pennsylvania add education savings accounts to school choice mix?

By   /  December 8, 2016  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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Nearly 20 states are expected to consider some form of education savings account measure during their 2017 legislative sessions. Pennsylvania, with bigger Republican majorities in both chambers, will almost certainly be one of those. Five states have enacted ESA programs, which allow families to use their students’ share of public funds for tuition, tutoring and […]

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Erie School District’s recovery plan relies on $31.8 million more from state

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Erie School Board voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a recovery plan that relies on $31.8 million more in state funding increases and additional property tax hikes. Superintendent Jay Badams told the school board the district would use $25.5 million to eliminate its deficit and improve academic programs and $6.3 million to maintain and renovate […]

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It’s D-Day for Erie school recovery plan

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Education, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Erie School Board will vote Monday night on a financial recovery plan that includes seeking $28.8 million in state aid. That would come on top of the $4 million the city schools received in emergency funding to get them through the current school year. In September, the state gave the Erie School District six […]

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Philadelphia teachers union rejects $100M offer

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Jordan has refused to take the offer to the members, saying, “This offer has no recognition of the years that people have sacrificed.”

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Blue lives do matter, but applying hate-crime laws to attacks on police is redundant

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Commentary, Criminal Justice, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Legislation that affords special protection to police officers is sweeping the nation. These bills, sometimes called “Blue Lives Matter” bills, put police, firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders under hate-crimes designation protection. Louisiana was the first state to pass this kind of law, and it went into effect in August. New York, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and […]

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