Priorities Gone Wrong: Prison Spending Skyrockets, Leaves School Spending Behind

Posted at The U.S. Department of Education just released a report, State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education, that reinforces what is known about the alarming explosion in the rate of incarceration in the United States. The Education … Continued

Call Congress to Pass the Automatic Voter Registration Act

From the Voter Participation Center ( On our website and on social media, we’ve been reporting on automatic voter registration programs in Oregon and four other states. The results in those states have been great news if you share our … Continued

Apply Now for EPLC’s 2016-2017 PA Education Policy Fellowship Program

From the Education Policy and Leadership Center ( Applications are available now for the 2016-2017 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP).  The Education Policy Fellowship Program is sponsored in Pennsylvania by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC). Click here for the … Continued

Help Build Public/Political Will to Protect Public Lands National Park Service Anniversary

From Creation Justice Ministries ( On August 25, the National Park Service will mark 100 years since its founding. Who will celebrate? In recent years, it has been documented both by public lands agencies and the outdoor industry that the … Continued

Administrative Segregation and Violence Reduction Initiative in PA Prisons

The Department of Corrections has established many committees and subcommittees to review its use of administrative segregation in an effort to reduce the use WHILE also reducing prison violence. Here is an article describing an effort in the Somerset facility. Published in the PittsburghTribune Review (07/04/2016) Prisons to follow discipline model set by … Continued

A View from Solitary During the DNC

Posted at July 21, 2016 – Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window PHILADELPHIA – A time out, protective custody and segregation are all terms used to describe solitary confinement – a practice experienced by … Continued

Pennsylvania Has a Budget for 2016-2017. What Does It Mean for Schools?

Posted at Jul 15, 2016 12:02 pm | Susan Spicka The 2016-2017 PA budget is now complete. Recently a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the PA House and Senate approved a revenue package and Governor Wolf signed it into law. But what does it … Continued