A funny thing happened on the way to Tuesday's state House vote imposing sweeping reforms on Pennsylvania's Prohibition-Era system for selling wine and spirits. A heavily divided General Assembly managed to find widespread bipartisan unity on an issue that's defied that sort of agreement for decades. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 157-31 to approve the legislation, sending it to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.
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With a little less than two weeks before the final budget at Stroudsburg Area School District is voted on, the school board started debating cutting programming to balance the budget, instead of raising taxes. In an update on the 2016-17 budget, Superintendent Cosmas Curry said taxes would be raised 5.9 mils, which is less than the earlier proposed 6.5 mils. He said the district will see an increase in Farmstead Home Act money. However, there will still be the demotions, furloughing and cuts through attrition of 51 staff positions. Health insurance is one of the big factors that will keep the budget battle going. Curry said health insurance costs raised $1.3 million this year, and they are factoring in another 8 percent raise for next year. This has been a key factor in teacher contract negotiations, and the district has offered a cheaper plan to the union that would save the district close to $2 million, said district solicitor Jeffrey Sultanik.
Times Tribune BY BORYS KRAWCZENIUK / PUBLISHED: JUNE 4, 2016
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PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATION POLICY FORUM Thursday, June 23, 2016
Dr. Lee Burket, Director, Bureau of Career & Technical Education, PA Department of Education
Jackie Cullen, Executive Director, PA Association of Career & Technical Administrators
Dr. William Kerr, Superintendent, Norwin School District
Laura Fisher, Senior Vice President - Workforce & Special Projects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
James Denova, Vice President, Benedum Foundation