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Old enough to marry? Or buy cigarettes? Age matters in bills before Pa. lawmakers

Lawmakers are weighing different bills that would require Pennsylvanians to wait until age 18 – or 21 – before making some major life decisions.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

More tax credits? More spending? Lawmakers continue to clash on education.

The available Educational Improvement Tax Credits have grown incrementally and substantially since the program started in 2001—often with bipartisan support.

By Katie Meyer

Citing ‘emergency’ repair needs, Democrats call for $125M for Pa. schools

State Sen. Vincent Hughes said the money would be used “solely for emergency repairs,” including issues regarding asbestos, HVAC systems, electrical systems, plumbing systems, roofs, windows, or “other repairs or replacements that present a health or safety issue.”

By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

House takes first step toward charter school overhaul

Two of the bills passed got bipartisan support. One creates new ethics requirements for charter school administrators, and another would let charter students enroll in college classes.

By Katie Meyer

Transgender bathroom, locker room use: The debate in central Pennsylvania, explained

The Eastern Lancaster County school board approved a 'biological sex' policy. Federal courts have struck down similar policies.
By Ed Mahon

A $45,000 minimum salary for teachers, explained

Gov. Wolf’s proposal could lessen teacher turnover, one rural district superintendent said. But one critics worries about the potential ‘ripple-up’ effect.

By Ed Mahon

Under Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan, one Pa. school district would receive $693,000 to raise teacher salaries

In a searchable database, you can see how much your school district would receive
By Ed Mahon

What the average classroom teacher earns in every Pa. public school district

The highest salaries were in two Pennsylvania counties: Bucks and Montgomery.
By Ed Mahon

State court tentatively sets date for landmark Pa. school funding case

A win by the plaintiffs could unleash more money for public schools and reshape the way Harrisburg doles out education dollars
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads