Education

Personality

A Q&A with Tony Watlington

City & State spoke with the Philadelphia School District superintendent to hear about his five-year strategic plan and his message to lawmakers as they consider the future of public education funding.

Education

Personality

A Q&A with Dave Argall

The Republican state senator and chair of the chamber’s education committee discusses the education funding trial and the state’s path forward

Education

Policy

State public education funding’s teachable moment

Following the landmark ruling that the state's public education funding system is unconstitutional, state lawmakers are learning just how difficult it will be to change it.

Capitol Beat

Policy

Plan to distribute $1.16B in federal broadband funds approved by state officials

The commonwealth is slated to receive more than $1 billion through the federal Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program

Budget

Policy

State budget passes after Senate return and Shapiro signature

The budget was signed into law more than a month after the June 30 deadline

Capitol Beat

Policy

Ward says budget talks ongoing, Senate to return in August

Republicans are ‘actively negotiating’ with Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration.

Capitol Beat

Policy

What state leaders are saying about the ongoing budget impasse

The PA Senate’s top-ranking Republican said the chamber could return next month, but other obstacles remain.

Capitol Beat

Policy

How Pennsylvania plans to deploy $1.16B allocated for broadband expansion

Officials hope to deploy those resources over the next five years.

News & Politics

Policy

Pittman: Hundreds of millions in state funding could be at risk without more budget bills

Meanwhile, the leader for House Democrats urged the Senate to advance an already-passed $45.5B spending plan.

News & Politics

Policy

Opinion: A million reasons to open up primaries in Pennsylvania

A bipartisan effort from two state House lawmakers seeks to end the disenfranchisement of Independent voters in Pennsylvania primary elections.

News & Politics

Policy

10 things you need to know about PA’s budget impasse

The state budget is currently stuck in legislative limbo.

News & Politics

Policy

Shapiro urges PA Senate to advance $45.5B budget plan

The Democratic governor said the budget plan will ‘do a lot of good.’

News & Politics

Policy

PA House passes budget bill as Shapiro vows to veto voucher funding

The Democratic governor said he would veto the funding to allow the state budget to advance.

Technology

Policy

Pennsylvania to receive nearly $1.2 billion in federal funding for broadband development

President Biden announced allocations for the Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment grant program Monday

Philadelphia

Policy

Philadelphia’s $6.2 billion budget – by the numbers

City Council gave initial approval to the budget Thursday, setting the stage for final approval of the term-limited mayor’s eighth and final budget.

Technology

Policy

Experts: Pennsylvania missed identifying thousands of unserved internet areas

The Broadband Development Authority could cause the state to lose out on millions in federal funding by failing to identify broadband needs.

Budget

Policy

Cities face mounting financial pressures with fiscal cliff nearing

City officials are trying to prepare for two potentially devastating scenarios: a recession or the U.S. defaulting on its loans

Capitol Beat

Policy

Bipartisan proposal seeks to establish student teacher stipend program

State Sens. Ryan Aument and Vincent Hughes hope to address staffing shortages and educators’ financial struggles.

News & Politics

Policy

Is Pennsylvania any closer to having legal weed?

The commonwealth continues to lag behind its neighbors in cashing in on legalized recreational marijuana.