WITF Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jun 28, 2017 12:29 AM
(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers are keeping any progress they're making on budget negotiations close to the vest. But one thing is becoming increasingly clear--the process could very well look just like last year's. In 2016, the GOP-controlled chambers sent Governor Tom Wolf a spending plan by the June 30th deadline, then sent a measure detailing how to pay for it two weeks later. Wolf let it become law without his signature. A spokeswoman for the Senate GOP said the caucus hopes to get both portions of the budget done by Friday. But if there's no agreement on revenue by then, they at least intend to get the spending plan to Wolf by Friday. That would set the governor up for a repeat of last year's tricky situation. "I don't know what I would do in this case," he said. "You know what I did last year. But we'll see when it comes and if it looks like we're making progress, that'll be one thing. If it looks like we're not making progress, that'll be another."
Chart: School Performance Profile Scores for PA Cyber Charters 2013 through 2016
Keystone State Education Coalition October 16, 2016
Source: PA Department of Education website; A score of 70 is considered passing
Total cyber charter tuition paid by PA taxpayers from 500 school districts for 2013, 2014 and 2015 was over $1.2 billion; $393.5 million, $398.8 million and $436.1 million respectively.
Not one of Pennsylvania’s cyber charters has achieved a passing SPP score of 70 in any of the four years that the SPP has been in effect.
Local education philanthropist Evie McNiff has spent the last 17 years working to improve education. Now she opens up on the state of Philadelphia giving and the next steps for lasting school reform.
Citizens Voice BY MICHAEL P. BUFFER / PUBLISHED: JUNE 28, 2017
Lynne Williams works at Hilltop Community Health Center and lives in McCandless.
The health care bill in the U.S. Senate is very much like the one in the House, but in one respect it is far worse, thanks to Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. Too few people know that the the American Health Care Act not only repeals the Affordable Care Act, but it drastically cuts traditional Medicaid, taking us not just to 2010, but all the way back to 1965. Of the roughly 1.2 million people in the commonwealth who would lose health coverage, 701,345 do so because of changes to Medicaid. Some of the Medicaid coverage losses come from effectively ending the Medicaid expansion. But other health insurance losses come from making deep cuts to Pennsylvania's traditional Medicaid program, including 125,100 children, 52,600 people with disabilities, and 48,000 seniors. The House bill would cut $18.9 billion in federal support for the state's traditional and expanded Medicaid program over six years — an average of $3.41 billion a year. And, far from being more moderate, the Senate bill is worse. Provisions in the Senate bill would penalize states that have higher-than-average costs, even if those cost are due to an older population, as they are in Pennsylvania. Deeper cuts would be put in place in the next 10 years.
Center for American Progress By Emily Gee Posted on June 27, 2017, 9:40 am
Thomas Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education
Kristen Swanson, Director of Learning at Slack and one of the founding members of the Edcamp movement
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