Stories tagged: "public education"

Student teacher Olivia Vazquez leads students through their morning meeting at the Eliza B. Kirkbride School in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Vazquez is finishing up her last semester at Swarthmore College and hoping to help make sure immigrant students arriving in Philadelphia have a more supportive experience in school than she did growing up. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Why Can’t Republicans Get on Board With Common-Sense Education Initiatives?

Republicans refuse to take action on bills that would make Pennsylvania schools healthier, safer, and more inclusive.

In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference in Harrisburg, Dauphin County. Facing a deep, pandemic-inflicted budget deficit, Wolf will ask lawmakers for billions of dollars funded by higher taxes on Pennsylvania’s huge natural gas industry for workforce development and employment assistance to help the state recover. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
What to Watch For in Wolf’s Budget Proposal

Five things to watch for when the governor's budget plan for the 2022-23 fiscal year becomes public Tuesday.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a rally to raise the state minimum wage Friday, July 9, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Wolf Vetoes GOP Bill to Post School Course Materials Online

Gov. Wolf said the bill, which would have required links or titles for every textbook and course summaries to be posted on district websites, "politicizes what is being taught in our schools.”

Angelina DeChristopher, a ninth grade student, works with Brandywine Heights High School art teacher Jennilee Miller on March 1, 2021, in Longswamp Twp. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
PA Republicans Advance Mask Opt-Out Bill for Students

The law would allow parents and guardians to overrule any mask mandate imposed by the state Department of Health, a local health department, or a school board.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf adjusts his face mask to protect against COVID-19 during a news conference in Harrisburg in November 2020. (AP File Photo/Julio Cortez)
Some Districts in Defiance as Mask Mandate for Pennsylvania Schools Takes Effect

With school back in session, Gov. Wolf's mask mandate prompted protests and non-compliance throughout the state.

House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, says the sort of data the amended Disease Prevention and Control Law bill might produce includes vaccination and infection rates by school district. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
GOP Leaders Reject Wolf’s Call for Mask Mandate in Schools

The response came one day after Gov. Wolf asked GOP leaders to summon lawmakers to Harrisburg to pass legislation requiring schools and child care facilities to require masks in classrooms.

Bensalem Township School District Superintendent Samuel Lee speaks during a virtual hearing on education concerns. (Screenshot)
Pandemic-Related Costs Wreaking Havoc on PA School District Budgets

The pandemic has brought many financial challenges to all of Pennsylvania’s 501 school districts.