Pa. House passes pandemic-related school bills, including one that guarantees school boards have the power to decide whether to hold sports

By: Jan Murphy

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives wants to guarantee school boards that they hold the power to decide whether to allow sports and extracurricular activities to occur this school year and whether spectators can attend.

The House on Wednesday passed House Bill 2787 , sponsored by Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland County, by a bipartisan 155-47 vote that would school boards with the assurance that they have that authority, not the governor.

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Pa. House panel approves bills letting schools decide whether to hold fall sports

By: Jan Murphy

Bills that would allow school districts to decide whether to hold sports and give parents the option of deciding whether their child should repeat a grade this year are advancing in the state House of Representatives.

Prior to the start of a rally that drew a couple hundred high school athletes to the front steps of the Capitol calling for action to let them play sports this fall, the House Education Committee on Thursday approved a package of bills that address COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on students’ education and ability to participate in extra-curricular activities.

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