Coalition urges Pa. lawmakers to adopt a state earned income tax credit to help working poor

A diverse coalition of advocacy groups have come together to promote an anti-poverty initiative that has the potential to benefit as many as 874,000 low- to moderate-income Pennsylvania households. The groups are pushing for Pennsylvania to become the 31st state to enact a refundable state earned income tax credit, which would reduce the tax burden […]

Report: PA Funding Can Boost Academic Success Starting in Pre-K

With negotiations for Pennsylvania’s budget under way, a new report unpacks the state’s investment in early-childhood education. Advocates hope it can sway lawmakers to boost funding in the budget. Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal includes a $70 million increase in pre-K funding. In the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children report, the Commonwealth ranks 14th for per-capita funding, […]

Capitolwire: PDE plans to release student assessment scores next week, blames delay on COVID absences.

Local school officials will get a preview of their students’ state assessment scores, beginning today, ahead of a planned public release of the data next week, according to a letter from Education Secretary Noe Ortega in response to criticism from House Republicans leaders. In his letter, Ortega said the test results were delayed because so […]

Capitolwire: Governor Wolf’s child welfare budget proposals draw notice.

The Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, an advocacy group, suggests the above proposed targeted investments can support children and families in the long term after one-time federal COVID-19 pandemic stimulus funds are gone. “We are supportive of the $149 million increase for county welfare agencies, and the creation of the crisis response team to increase county […]

Pennsylvania Newsmakers – child care funding, career and technical education budgeting, and federal stimulus funds.

Catch PPC President and CEO Kari King on Pennsylvania Newsmakers recapping the impact of the state budget on pre-k, child care and career and technical education.