Debate emerges over $500M education bill; some fear it may lead to full-fledged school vouchers in Pa.

With about $1 billion of unspent federal CARES Act funding sitting on the table, Pennsylvania policymakers have offered up a variety of ways to spend it from small business assistance to mortgage and rental assistance.



a room filled with furniture and a table: The Senate Education Committee on Monday will hold a hearing on a bill that would create education savings accounts that provide families with $1,000 per school-age child to pay for resources, including private school tuition, to help them recover educational losses for when schools were closed last spring due to the pandemic. The proposal is controversial because critics see it as leading the way for a full-fledged school voucher program.nAug


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The Senate Education Committee on Monday will hold a hearing on a bill that would create education savings accounts that provide families with $1,000 per school-age child to pay for resources, including private school tuition, to help them recover educational losses for when schools were closed last spring due to the pandemic. The proposal is controversial because critics see it as leading the way for a full-fledged school voucher program.nAug

But none of the proposals are more controversial than one being floated that has some believing it could be the lead-up to a full-fledged school voucher program.

The Senate Education Committee on Monday is holding an 11 a.m.

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Online learning emerges as a key issue from Tennessee House hearings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — School online learning emerged as one of the key issues during ten-hour hearings by Tennessee state lawmakers that wrapped up Wednesday.

“We are going to have our hands full and we all need to be on the same page,” said House Education Committee Chair Mark White.

It was a statement about the delicate nature of Tennessee K-12 education as schools re-open in the age of COVID-19.

Online learning is key because it’s estimated that half of the state’s million students are presently doing it.

One figure drawing attention during the hearing this week was underachieving students falling potentially two grades behind since the start of the pandemic.

Issues with online learning often are blamed as students, teachers, and parents are learning about virtual education.

Districts like Metro Nashville Public Schools are already addressing the kind of issues faced by school parents like Tim Johnson. He’s been

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