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Senate Education Committee revives school voucher program at center of last year’s budget fight

A bill reviving the school voucher program killed by House Democrats during last year’s budget debates passed the Senate Education committee with bipartisan support on Tuesday. The program, called the PASS scholarship, would allow most students in the state’s lowest-performing school districts up to $10,000 to spend towards private schools.

Commentary: We can’t afford not to fund public education

Marc Stier, Pennsylvania Capital-StarApril 15, 2024 Last year, Commonwealth Court Judge Judith Cohn Jubelirer ruled that Pennsylvania’s public school funding system was unconstitutional because it failed to guarantee every student a “thorough and efficient education.” In January, the Basic Education Funding Commission voted for a seven-year plan designed to fully and fairly fund our schools, provide …

Demand for student-teacher stipends far exceeds $10M allocation

Within three hours of going live, more than 3,500 applications were received for a state-funded stipend to cover an otherwise unpaid semester of student teaching. But the new program only has enough funding for roughly 600 to 700 student teachers who will take over Pennsylvania classrooms as part of their teaching certification this winter or next spring.

Alyssa’s Law, named for Parkland shooting victim, would push for panic alarms in school buildings

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants public and charter schools to install silent panic alarms to improve public safety response times with a bill inspired by a Florida law named in memory of a Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim.