School Districts' Cash Stash Tops $4.6 Billion

Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts hold $4.6 billion in reserve funds, according the latest data available from the Pa. Department of Education. Reserves rose by $64 million in 2017-18, the 13th consecutive year of growth

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House Sends Major School Choice Expansion Bill to Senate

Today, in a bipartisan vote, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 800, a school choice bill that promises opportunity to thousands of students trapped in inadequate schools simply because of their zip code. 

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School Choice Expansion Bill Passes House Committee

Lawmakers are moving to ensure students have the education options they are so desperately seeking.

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Crucial Reform Needed from Harrisburg as Tax Day Approaches

Pennsylvania Tax Facts Reveal Acute Need for Relief

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PSEA Flouts SCOTUS, Bargains for Unconstitutional Fees in Teacher Contracts

In open disregard for the Janus v. AFSCME decision, the Pennsylvania State Education Association is bargaining to impose “fair share” fees on non-union member teachers in the commonwealth, according to a legal filing in an ongoing lawsuit.

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House Committee Approves Bill Notifying Public Employees of Constitutional Rights

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kate Klunk of York County, informs government workers of the free speech and free association rights restored to them by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

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As Wolf Holds Secret Contract Talks, State Workers Average $100,000+ in Compensation

With most state employee contracts expiring in June, Gov. Wolf and government employee union leaders are negotiating behind closed doors over agreements worth more than $3 billion.

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Wolf's Budget Rhetoric a Relief, but Doesn't Match Reality

Charles Mitchell, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Wolf’s fifth budget address.

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Poll: Support for School Choice Rises, Crosses Partisan & Racial Divide

Two-thirds of likely 2020 voters support school choice policies, according to a nationwide survey released by the American Federation for Children in partnership with the left-leaning polling firm Beck Research.

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Pa. Prison Population Plummets by Most in History

Pennsylvania’s prison population dropped by 1,068 individuals in 2018—the sharpest decline ever recorded. This historic reduction in our prison population should be celebratedl and lawmakers can build on this momentum and advance further reforms.

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