Stories tagged: "public education"


Rep. Emily Kinkead (D-Allegheny) and state Sen. Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) announce legislation for the no-cost school lunch program at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Sept. 21, 2022. (Courtesy: PA House of Representatives)
Democratic State Lawmakers Want to Bring Back Free School Lunch Program

Lindsey Williams and Emily Kinkead have proposed taking $275 million from the state budget and using it for a free school lunch program aimed at combating child hunger and improving academic success.

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Six in 10 Voters Support Extending Pause on Student Loans and Canceling At Least $10,000 in Loans

Voters under 45 support student debt cancelation in overwhelming numbers, and new polling from Courier Newsroom and Data for Progress shows canceling some amount of federal student loan debt could be a political winner for President Joe Biden.

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The Wolf Administration Has a Plan to Address Pennsylvania’s Teacher Shortage

The Wolf administration released a 20-page educator workforce strategy, outlining its plans to recruit and retain educators while building a more diverse workforce by 2025.

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Dr. Oz Joins the Right-Wing Attack on Public Education

In today’s right wing political universe, there is no easier target than educators – especially those working in public schools. And one could easily argue that the attacks on public education are more intense in Pennsylvania than in any other state in America. And Dr. Oz has just joined the attack: What’s important to understand...

Sabrina Werley works with her 4th grade students in a math support class at Cumru Elementary School in Cumru Twp., April 14, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Attacks on Public Education Destroying Pennsylvania’s Teacher Pipeline

Pennsylvania is producing less than half as many teachers as it was a decade ago.

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.