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Local Real Estate Based Taxes as the Primary Means of Public-School Funding: The System that Fuels Education Inequality in Pennsylvania

By Elizabeth Fitch, Feature Editor Since the 1960s, educational equality concerns have sparked litigation in nearly all 50 states.[1] While some plaintiffs have been successful, and some defendants have been successful, no side has ever truly won. In some instances, litigation has prompted specific policy changes, school funding formulas, and […]

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Federal Loan Repayment

Federal Loan Repayment

Photo provided courtesy of Pixabay.com. By Shreya Desai, Staff Writer   The United States charges the highest average tuition fees for baccalaureate degree programs. [1] The average cost of private law school tuition and fees during the 2019-2020 academic year was approximately $49,548, while the average cost at public schools […]

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How Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Can Help with Education Support in Pennsylvania

How Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Can Help with Education Support in Pennsylvania

Photo provided courtesy of Pixabay.com By Stephen Hodzic, Blog Editor When it comes to ensuring that their child receives the best education possible, many parents would likely be willing to use just about any resource available to them. While it may be safe to assume that most people have heard […]

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Virtual Learning Leads to Drop in Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse

Virtual Learning Leads to Drop in Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse

Photo Provided Courtesy of Unsplash.com By David McPeak, Blog Editor Every state requires certain professionals responsible for the care of children to report suspected child abuse. [1] In Pennsylvania, 23 Pa. C.S. § 6311 delineates which professionals “shall make a report of suspected child abuse … if the person has […]

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Censorship in College Admissions: Courts Offer Guidance in Balancing Fundamental Rights

Censorship in College Admissions: Courts Offer Guidance in Balancing Fundamental Rights

Photo provided courtesy of Pixabay.com By Giulia Schaub, Editor-in-Chief Young adults today are accustomed to warnings from parents, teachers, and authority figures about posting controversial or inappropriate content on social media websites. Now, in a society that has enjoyed easy internet access for over two decades, seasoned social media users […]

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Ohio’s New “Stand Your Ground” Law

Ohio’s New “Stand Your Ground” Law

  Photo provided courtesy of Pixabay.com. By Alexa Glista, Staff Writer   On January 4, 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a “stand your ground” bill into law, making Ohio the 36th state to pass this type of legislation. [1] The bill, SB175, removed the “duty to retreat” requirement, “in determining […]

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Anti-Affirmative Action Organization Files Petition for Certiorari in Case Challenging Harvard University’s Admissions Policies

Anti-Affirmative Action Organization Files Petition for Certiorari in Case Challenging Harvard University’s Admissions Policies

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com. By Margaret Potter, Feature Editor   On February 25, 2020, the anti-affirmative action organization Students for Fair Admissions (“SFFA”) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari, asking the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit’s […]

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Report Prompts Possible Reform to PA’s Second-Degree Murder Sentencing

Report Prompts Possible Reform to PA’s Second-Degree Murder Sentencing

Picture provided courtesy of Pixabay.com. By Alexa Glista, Staff Writer   On February 12th, 2021 the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity released a report titled, “Life Without Parole for Second-Degree Murder In Pennsylvania:  An Objective Assessment of Sentencing”. [1] The report is the result of an audit requested by Pennsylvania’s Lt. […]

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Understanding Pronoun Usage in the Legal Field and Beyond

Understanding Pronoun Usage in the Legal Field and Beyond

Photo provided courtesy of Unsplash.com. By Anabelle Nietupski, Staff Writer   “Hi, I’m Anabelle. I use she/her/hers pronouns. What are your pronouns?”   This simple introductory anecdote appears to carry political, social, and moral weight. Let’s explore why this type of vocal acknowledgement of personal pronouns is not only respectful, […]

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