Senate reconvenes Saturday at 1:00, planning 4 days in Harrisburg. House comes back Friday at 11:00.
WITF Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 7, 2017 6:00 AM
(Harrisburg) - A state budget standoff has been going strong since lawmakers passed a spending plan Friday, but no revenue package to pay for it. As members return from their Independence Day recess, House and Senate Republican leaders don't appear much closer to a consensus. The budget that's currently sitting on Governor Tom Wolf's desk becomes law automatically at midnight on Monday--even if it's not balanced. If that happens, credit rating agencies are already warning of possible downgrades. The conflict is coming down to differing views among GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate. In a strongly worded note to members, House Leader Dave Reed defended his caucus' proposed revenue plan, saying that "to just walk away from legitimate concepts in favor of tax increase after tax increase is just not realistic or acceptable." He struck a pessimistic tone, saying while the House will compromise, members won't "completely abandon" their proposals. Senate GOP spokeswoman Jenn Kocher countered that the House's proposals were never realistic in the first place. "The House has to remember that they were two billion dollars out of balance in the budget they presented, and never closed that gap. And now we are left with trying to close that gap," she said.
Inquirer by Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer @PhillyJoeD | JoeD@phillynews.com Updated: JULY 6, 2017 — 12:50 PM EDT
Bloomberg.com By Martin Z Braun July 6, 2017, 12:42 PM EDT
At Boston Day and Evening Academy, there are no such things as freshmen, F's, or detention. Sixteen-year-olds share classrooms with 20-somethings, students earn diplomas at their own pace, and if anyone has a problem with a peer, they’re encouraged to talk about it like adults. It is features like these that have helped former high school dropouts such as Rocheli Burgos – and other students who have struggled in school – get a second chance at earning a diploma. After giving birth to her son in 2011, Ms. Burgos dropped out of her old school when counselors told her that she didn’t have enough credits to pass ninth grade. Burgos then discovered this alternative high school in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, where students aren’t placed in classes by age or transcript, but by what they know. She was 17, battling severe depression and dealing with a fallout with her family that would soon leave her homeless. At the Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA), Burgos found a curriculum that made it possible to take breaks and start where she left off, so she wouldn’t have to repeat an entire class when her son’s long hospital stays for chronic asthma meant missing a month or two of school. She met teachers who checked in with her on the weekends to make sure she was doing okay – and not just academically. Soon she began to thrive.
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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