Category Archives: Education

These Five Philly-Area Lawmakers Voted Against the Cigarette Tax

Anthony Williams was the only Democrat to vote to delay the cigarette tax, and that’ll cost him in the Democratic primary for Philly Mayor next year. But forget about that for now. These Republican lawmakers all benefit from a strong … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Elections, Issues, State House, State Senate

This is Why Property Taxes Are Going Up in Camp Hill

In Camp Hill, property taxes may go up.  The district’s roughly $19.8 million proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year, which was reviewed by the school board on Monday, is about 10 percent greater than this year’s budget and contains a gap … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Education, Environment, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Transportation

We Still Need Diversity in Higher Education—Not Because It’s Right, But Because the Economy Demands It

Today, the Supreme Court upheld an amendment to Michigan’s constitution that bans affirmative action in admissions to public universities. Now that states can decide for themselves whether to ban the use of race as a factor in admission to public … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Issues, National Politics

#PA13: Leach endorsed by PSEA and NEA

State Senator Daylin Leach, a hopeful in the 13th congressional race, received the official support of two organizations that don’t have the greatest respect for his opponent, Representative Brendan Boyle: the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), but also the National … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Elections, Miscellany, National Politics, State House, State Politics, State Senate, US House

#PAGOV: GOP’s attack on Wolf is pretty weak

I don’t want this piece to be misconstrued as my official public support of Tom Wolf, but as I was reading Politics PA’s piece the other night about the recent attack by the PA GOP on Wolf’s business record, I had to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Civil Rights, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, LGBT / Gay Rights, Miscellany, Social Services

#PASSHE Secession: Senate Ed Committee Hearing Postponed

We’ve received word from knowledgeable parties within APSCUF (the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty) that the Senate Education Committee hearing scheduled for April 8th, which would be devoted mostly to the issue of West Chester University’s secession … More after the jump

Posted in Education, State House, State Politics, State Senate

Breaking #PAGOV: McGinty Statement on PASSHE Secession Legislation

Mike Mikus, a spokesman for the McGinty campaign, released this statement exclusively to Keystone Politics, regarding the upcoming legislative discussions about the future of the PASSHE system: “Katie understands the concerns on both sides of this important issue. Her priority … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Governor, State House, State Politics, State Senate

Dinniman will answer your PASSHE secession legislation questions

Senators Dinniman and Folmer will be on PCN’s “Call-In” program tonight between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM to discuss SB 1275, the PASSHE Secession bill on the table. If you have questions for them, you can call  1-877-PA6-5001 (1-877-726-5001). You can … More after the jump

Posted in Education, State Politics, State Senate

#PAGOV: Vague Response or No Comment (So Far) on PASSHE Secession Legislation

Indeterminate answers to reporters’ questions are not new to the Pennsylvania governor’s race, or even politics in general, but the PASSHE secession question seems to have hit a nerve. Only two of the current four candidates for governor have responded to … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Miscellany, State House, State Politics, State Senate

#PA13: Brendan Boyle Risks Kindergarten Programs, Then Proposes Universal Kindergarten

State Representative Brendan Boyle, one of four candidates to fill gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz’s 13th congressional seat, wrote an op-ed  that was published last week in the Philadelphia Daily News, about the need to provide universal kindergarten to all of … More after the jump

Posted in Education, State House, US House