PA House Passes Bad Charter School Legislation

From Education Voters of Pennsylvania (http://www.educationvoterspa.org/): On Tuesday, April 25th, the PA House passed HB 97 by a vote of 108-84. Click HERE to learn if your state representative supported or opposed HB 97. Ten Republicans and 74 Democrats voted against the bill. If … Continued

Fight for $15: Advocates Rally for Increase in Federal Minimum Wage

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2017/04/27/fight-15-advocates-rally-increase-federal-minimum-wage/ By David Elliot April 27, 2017 Dorothy Staub cherished her job as a caseworker with the National Guard in Erie County, Pennsylvania. She helped veterans handle a wide array of problems, ranging from financial difficulties to mental and … Continued

Bills to Reform Standardized Testing Get Broad Support

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-27/education/bills-to-reform-standardized-testing-get-broad-support/a57456-2 April 27, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window Bills would let districts decide if standardized tests should be a graduation requirement. (Alberto G./Flickr) HARRISBURG, Pa. – A package of five … Continued

Latest GOP Health Care Bill Would Raise Premiums for Many, Analysts Say

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-04-27/health-issues/latest-gop-health-care-bill-would-raise-premiums-for-many-analysts-say/a57456-1 April 27, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window Under the new bill, a 40-year-old who had breast cancer would pay $32,740 a year more for insurance, analysts say. (Rhoda Baer/Wikimedia … Continued

Choose Clean Water Coalition Urges Action Now On Water Quality Cleanup Issues

From the Choose Clean Water Coalition (http://www.choosecleanwater.org): Posted: 25 Apr 2017 05:23 AM PDT House members Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) and Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) and representatives of the Choose Clean Water Coalition Monday urged lawmakers to pass legislation to address Pennsylvania’s … Continued

The 22 Dems Supporting Sanders’ $15 Minimum Wage Bill… and 24 Who Aren’t

Posted at https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/26/22-dems-supporting-sanders-15-minimum-wage-bill-and-24-who-arent Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Common Dreams “Just a few years ago, if you were to say that we need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, many people would say, ‘You’re crazy!’” By Deirdre … Continued

The New Version of the GOP Health Care Bill is Even Worse Than We Thought

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2017/april/new-version-gop-health-care-bill-even-worse-we-thought Apr 26, 2017 09:57 am | Marc Stier Having failed to enact a plan that would lead 24 million Americans and 1.1 million in PA to lose health insurance, the House Republicans have returned with a new amendment, … Continued

Bureau of Appeals Says Berks Detention Center License Should be Reinstated—Tell the Governor to #ShutDownBerks

From the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (http://www.paimmigrant.org): Last week we got word that the Bureau of Appeals decided that because the PA DHS had licensed the Berks Detention Center for many years, and the County spent money to expand, … Continued

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