Politics and Government
- Jay Paterno announces plans to run for lieutenant governor
- Rep. Sam Smith announces retirement
- Corbett remains weak among Pa. GOP; Gov. hopefuls finances due
- Topper wins 78th District House seat
- PSU Coach Franklin to be Rep. Thompson's SOTU guest
- President Obama to visit western Pa. Wednesday
- State judge strikes down Pennsylvania voter ID law
- Corbett ending bid to privatize Pa. Lottery
- Pa. House advances child-abuse reforms
- Recount allowed in Port Matilda mayor's race
- Still no mayor named in Centre Co. town
- Corbett signs $2.3B Pa. transportation bill
- State panel OKs tougher Pa. graduation standards
- Pa. gay marriage lawsuit could get trial date
- Pa. House poised to send highways bill to Corbett
- Second person to challenge Shuster in 9th District Race
- Obama: 'We fumbled the rollout' of health care plan
- State College mayor re-elected
- One vote can make a difference in local elections
- Congress sends gov't funding, debt bill to Obama
- Corbett: No more to say about gay marriage remark
- Monday marks deadline for voter registration
- Pa. senators vote to lift CHIP's 6-month wait
- Pa. Treasurer Rob McCord running for governor
- Pastor says he was fired for same-sex wedding in Centre Co.
- Pa. lawmakers return to Capitol for fall session
- Corbett, US to start meeting on Pa. Medicaid plan
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- Former Johnstown congressman eyeing political comeback
State panel OKs tougher Pa. graduation standards
Updated: Friday, November 22 2013, 11:36 AM EST
By: The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. --
A state panel has approved regulations that set tougher standards for Pennsylvania students in order to graduate from high school.
Thursday's 3-to-2 vote by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission represents near-final approval for what's called the Pennsylvania Core Standards and assessments associated with the standards, including Pennsylvania's Keystone Exams for high-school students.
The standards still require a legal review from the state attorney general's office.
Students in the class of 2017 -- current high-school freshmen -- will be the first to have to demonstrate their understanding of literature, biology and algebra in order to get a diploma under the new standards.
Joan Benso of the nonprofit Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children says the regulations will ensure that Pennsylvania students are academically prepared for 21st century careers.