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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:09 AM

The proposed congressional district map from Pennsylvania GOP leaders seems to meet some of the key criteria laid out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It’s geographically more compact and divides significantly fewer counties and municipalities than the 2011 map. It also adheres to the Voting Rights Act and preserves the state’s two minority-majority congressional districts. But some political analysts have raised red flags about partisanship within the proposed map.
WHYY, Feb. 12, 2018
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Monday, February 12, 2018 10:21 AM

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selects 102 student volunteers to earn $1,000 awards, silver medallions and trip to nation’s capital.

Many are fighting hunger in their local communities. Some created programs that encourage young women to consider STEM careers. Others are leading initiatives to support people with physical or intellectual disabilities.

Those are just some stories of the 102 youth volunteers – two from each state and the District of Columbia – who today were named State Honorees by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring students in grades 5-12 for outstanding volunteer service. Read the names and stories of this year’s honorees at http://spirit.prudential.com.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 23rd year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Each of the 102 State Honorees will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid

trip in late April to Washington, D.C., for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2018. In addition to the State Honorees, the program’s judges recognized 234 students nationwide as Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities. Each will receive an engraved bronze medallion. Nearly 500 other applicants were awarded Certificates of Excellence for their volunteer work.

Many of this year’s State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists were recognized for their work supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of their peers. Several are serving as first responders with volunteer fire and EMT departments, and a few collected stuffed animals to comfort children in traumatic situations. A number of these top youth volunteers led large-scale campaigns to collect and distribute food for people in need,
and a few raised money for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

“Prudential is proud to recognize these remarkable young people for using their energy, creativity and compassion to bring meaningful change to their communities,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We hope their stories inspire others to consider how they can do the same.”
“These middle level and high school students have not only improved the lives of the people and communities they’ve served – they also set an important example for their peers,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “These honorees prove that you’re never too young to make a difference.”

 
Monday, February 12, 2018 9:17 AM

Principal Stephanie Andrewlevich is attempting an unusual and, some would say, audacious experiment: If the 33 eighth-grade classmates make it to graduation with no physical altercations, each gets a $100 bill.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 11, 2018
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Monday, February 12, 2018 9:16 AM

Could election-year politics help smooth out the sometimes rough partisan fights seen during budget time? Time will tell.
LancasterOnline, Feb. 11, 2018
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Monday, February 12, 2018 9:15 AM

Following the thwarted attempt of a school shooting in Uniontown School District last month, local superintendents have stressed that the most important tool to ensure student safety is communication.
Uniontown Herald-Standard, Feb. 12, 2018
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Friday, February 9, 2018 8:58 AM

Republican leaders in Pennsylvania's House and Senate said Thursday evening it is impossible for them to pass a new congressional map before the state Supreme Court's Friday deadline.?
WITF, Feb. 9, 2018
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Friday, February 9, 2018 8:57 AM

Like many charter schools, Executive Education Academy spends a good chunk of its budget on rent, some of which is later reimbursed by the state. That’s allowed, as long as the school doesn’t own its building, which Executive Academy doesn’t — technically.
Allentown Morning Call, Feb. 9, 2018
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Friday, February 9, 2018 8:56 AM

One year after U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was sworn in, teachers’ groups delivered “report cards” to her place of employment, grading the secretary on her performance protecting students’ civil rights, ensuring educational equity and providing funding for students of color and low-income students.
Chambersburg Public Opinion, Feb. 8, 2018
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Thursday, February 8, 2018 10:38 AM

As they did last year, students in classrooms around Philadelphia are participating in lessons about the Black Lives Matter movement this week — second graders coloring pictures, high schoolers having frank conversations about social justice.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 6, 2018
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Thursday, February 8, 2018 10:34 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal of his term Tuesday set the stage for familiar battles with the Republican-controlled Legislature over imposing an extraction tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas and increasing the minimum wage.
Delaware County Times, Feb. 7, 2018
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