Press Releases

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 9:24 AM

Harrisburg's budget impasse isn't just a partisan staring contest threatening to hobble the commonwealth and those who count on it. There are principles at stake. Unfortunately, they include the principles that fossil fuels should be tax-free and the government should own all the liquor stores.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, July 8, 2015.

 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:13 PM

Gov. Tom Wolf and top Republican legislative leaders resumed their on-again, off-again talks on Pennsylvania's delayed state budget Monday. While there was plenty of action, it was hard to see any discernible progress.

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Source: Pennlive.com, July 7, 2015.

 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:13 PM

School districts across the Lehigh Valley are plodding ahead to comply with a new background check law that has been mired in confusion over who, among the hundreds of volunteers, requires clearances. A bill that passed the Legislature last month is supposed to bring clarity to the requirements that cover anyone who works with children. But even with the changes, educators say the new mandate is a major undertaking.

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, July 6, 2015.

 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:03 PM

The Senate today begins debate on a sweeping overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act, which set national education standards but quickly became unpopular with teachers and parents because of its emphasis on standardized testing.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 7, 2015.


 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 10:02 AM

HARRISBURG (JULY 1, 2015) – In response to Governor Wolf’s veto of the FY2015-16 budget bill passed by the legislature, The Campaign for Fair Education Funding today called on the governor and General Assembly to come together to fix the state’s flawed basic education funding system.

“We’re disappointed that all sides could not reach agreement on a timely budget,” said Charlie Lyons, spokesperson for the Campaign.  “We urge them to now come together in good faith and in a bipartisan way to enact a fair funding formula and to pass a budget with sufficient basic education dollars to address the impact of prior cuts and move Pennsylvania toward the goal of ensuring that all students have an opportunity for success no matter where they live.”

“The bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission, which unanimously approved strong recommendations for a new school funding formula, is an example of what can be accomplished when the Governor’s Office and legislators work together,” Lyons added. “We hope they will now approach the budget negotiations in the same spirit and quickly reach agreement on a budget that is good for all of Pennsylvania’s students.” 

“Our Campaign members will continue to serve as a resource for all parties as they work to ensure that every student, in every school, has access to the resources they need to meet state academic standards,” said Lyons.

The campaign is made up of more than 50 member organizations representing educators, labor, business leaders, faith-based organizations, child advocates, charter schools, traditional public schools, with representatives from rural, urban and growing school districts.  Learn more about the Campaign for Fair Education Funding at www.fairfundingpa.org

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Source: Campaign for Fair Education Funding Press Release, July 1, 2015.

 

 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 9:59 AM

(Harrisburg, Pa.) — A group of principals from across Pennsylvania will spend time this summer “giving back” to the community. Members of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), the only professional organization to solely serve principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders in Pennsylvania, work tirelessly on a daily basis to make a difference in the life of a child and to ensure that every child receives a quality education. In order to do that, it is crucial to support the communities where these children live and go to school.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 9:55 AM

Click here for blog post. Dr. Bill Ziegler is principal of Pottsgrove High School in Pottsgrove, PA. Follow him on Twitter @drbillziegler.

 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 9:28 AM

After a whirl of activity Tuesday, the Republican majorities of the Pennsylvania House and Senate sent the governor a GOP-crafted budget, along with legislation to disband the state system of wine and liquor sales and end defined-benefit pensions for most future state and public school workers. Shortly after 9 p.m., Gov. Tom Wolf undid their planning on the budget.

 

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 30, 2015; ; PSBA Daily EDition, July 1, 2015.

 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 9:26 AM

A bill that would make cyber bullying of children a punishable crime is awaiting Gov. Wolf's signature.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 2015; ; PSBA Daily EDition, July 1, 2015.

 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 9:24 AM

Changes to child-protection laws mandating background checks that passed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal may be among the few bills Gov. Wolf signs this budget season.

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 2015 ; PSBA Daily EDition, July 1, 2015.

 
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