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The DOJ says former White House counsel Don McGahn does not have to testify. Also, on our Tuesday rundown: “Stop the Bans” protests over extreme abortion laws; education a hot topic in the Bay State and guess how many adults have tried marijuana?

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House Bill 1401 would require Pennsylvania public schools to have one school nurse for every 750 students. (ronnarong/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A bill introduced in the General Assembly would bring more nurses into Pennsylvania public schools. The legislation would cut the maximum ratio of students to school nurses in half, and establish minimum staffing requirements for other professionals who work with students. C

Advocates for public schools in Pennsylvania say there's no data to show whether students receiving vouchers have improved academic outcomes. (smolaw11/AdobeStock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Expanding tax credits for private-school tuition will benefit the rich at the expense of public education, according to public-school advocates in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania House Education Committee this week voted to approve a $100 million increase for the Educati

With a high out-of-home placement rate, Philadelphia needs more qualified foster parents. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA - Religious beliefs don't give government contractors a license to discriminate, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court. Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia had claimed it has a constitutional right to use religious criteria to turn away qualified same-sex couples who wa

New research confirms that placing foster children with people they already know and trust improves outcomes. (WenPhotos/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report shows that a record increase in referrals for child abuse and neglect has led to more foster-care placements in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children's 10th Annual State of Child Welfare report says between 2015 and 2017, referrals to general

In 2013, African-American students made up 15 percent of all students in Pennsylvania, but 35 percent of those in AEDY programs. (ludi/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A settlement between the U.S. Justice Department and Pennsylvania's Department of Education will mean significant changes in the state's disciplinary education programs. The Education Law Center filed a complaint in 2013 about what it alleged were discriminatory practices a

Coal-fired power plants are the source of an estimated 75 percent of U.S. mercury pollution. (Max Musterman/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Dozens of moms have lined up in the nation's capital to speak out against an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to weaken regulations controlling toxic air pollution. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards set limits on a variety of pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The

The CAB can overrule a school district's decision not to renew a charter school. (sunganga/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Education advocates want the state to reconstitute the board that can overrule school district decisions about charter schools. The state constitution gives school boards the authority to levy taxes and oversee spending for public education. But the Charter School Appeals

More than 270,000 children with disabilities attend Pennsylvania schools. (akshayapatra/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Education advocates want Gov. Tom Wolf to include increased funding in the next state budget for some of the state's most marginalized students. A letter to the governor from the Education Law Center asks him to propose an increase of at least $400 million for basic educati

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