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What will Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro say in his second budget address?

BY: - February 5, 2024

But some unachieved goals of his first year in office are likely to make a second appearance in this year's pitch to the General Assembly on his vision for the 2024-25 state budget. Raising the minimum wage and school vouchers are among the initiatives Shapiro has signaled he will revisit.

COMMENTARY

School vouchers are a bad idea, and Pennsylvania should learn from other states’ cautionary tales.

BY: - February 3, 2024

A new voucher program in Pennsylvania should be a nonstarter for Gov. Shapiro and state lawmakers.

School vouchers on conservative group’s budget wishlist for Gov. Shapiro

BY: - January 24, 2024

A conservative Pennsylvania policy group said expanded educational choice should be part of the mix of options to improve access to quality education as Gov. Josh Shapiro and lawmakers respond to a court ruling on educational equality in the next state budget. Nathan Benefield, senior vice president of the Commonwealth Foundation, said in a call […]

The top 5 stories from Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first year in office

BY: - December 29, 2023

He ends the year with high approval ratings, although he still has a long list of “unfinished business” heading into 2024.

Pa. Legislature passes education bills without Level Up funding

BY: and - December 13, 2023

Both chambers passed House Bill 301 and Senate Bill 843, the Commonwealth’s education funding code bills on Wednesday, allocating millions in state dollars to various education-related initiatives. 

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Education advocates say safeguards against discrimination are needed in Pa. school voucher programs

BY: - December 7, 2023

With Gov. Josh Shapiro and state lawmakers pushing to expand Pennsylvania’s taxpayer-funded school voucher programs, an education advocacy group is calling for safeguards to protect students from discriminatory private school admissions policies. Pennsylvania’s Educational Investment Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs provide more than $400 million that students in poorly performing […]

Gov. Josh Shapiro touts his administration’s ‘GSD’ attitude at Press Club luncheon

BY: - November 20, 2023

Shapiro said over the last several weeks he's seen bills come to his desk that indicate progress is being made and that he thinks it’s setting the stage for a “really productive 2024.” 

Fight over tax money for private school tuition snags education funding bill again

BY: and - November 16, 2023

A months-long stalemate over public education funding appeared likely to continue on Wednesday as state House lawmakers stripped GOP-backed school choice funding from a spending bill. The state Senate passed the legislation on Wednesday authorizing hundreds of millions in new funding for K-12 schools, community colleges, educational support units and public libraries with a 45-5 […]

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Bradford calls school vouchers ‘very problematic’ but adds House Dems didn’t say ‘hell no’

BY: - October 30, 2023

The Pa. House Majority Leader talked school vouchers, the Pa. primary date, and working with Senate Republicans at a Monday appearance.

Pa. education tour takes up school vouchers conversation in Philadelphia

BY: - October 25, 2023

Some argued vouchers offer school choice to parents in underperforming districts, while others said the programs siphon away much-needed tax revenue from districts that can least afford it

COMMENTARY

Opinion: School vouchers in Pennsylvania would violate the principles of ‘public’ education

BY: - September 17, 2023

By Marc Stier Pennsylvania Republican legislators support a voucher program they say is meant to help a small number of students who attend schools they claim are failing. (They don’t say that those schools are also severely underfunded.) However, they and their supporters, including billionaires Betsy DeVos and Jeffrey Yass, have made no secret that […]

Pa. Gov Shapiro signs $45.5B budget but lawmakers have more work to do

BY: - August 3, 2023

Several bipartisan priorities will remain unfunded because Shapiro's office says lawmakers must first pass enabling legislation.