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Bloom Asks Governor to Reconsider Veto Threat of Bill to Retain Best Teachers

May. 12, 2016  Download

Lawmakers and education reform advocates gathered at the Capitol on Thursday to urge the Governor to reconsider his plan to veto legislation that would allow school districts to retain high-ranking educators when teachers must be furloughed for economic reasons. House Bill 805 would end the system of seniority-based layoffs and implement a structure that places emphasis on performance over length-of-service. Bill sponsor Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) said we must prioritize what is best for the students. Chuck Nichols Reports – Full Story and Bite available.

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Rep. Bloom Urges Wolf to Help Protect the State’s Best Teachers

May. 10, 2016  Download

Legislation to help keep Pennsylvania’s best teachers in the classroom and boost student achievement was approved by the state Senate on Monday and now awaits the governor’s signature. House Bill 805 would end the practice of ‘last hired-first fired’ seniority-based layoffs and instead require teacher performance to guide furlough decisions in public schools. Bill sponsor Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) is asking Gov. Tom Wolf to sign the legislation and end the seniority based rules that can result in the best performing teachers being forced out of the classroom, regardless of the impact on students.

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Rep. Martin Causer Legislative Radio Report/Podcast

May. 06, 2016  Download

The weekly Legislative Report Program with Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean, Potter & Cameron) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.

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Rep. Ryan Mackenzie Legislative Radio Report/Podcast

May. 06, 2016  Download

The weekly Legislative Report Program with Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R- Lehigh & Berks) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.

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Rep. Kathy Rapp Legislative Radio Report/Podcast

May. 06, 2016  Download

A new Legislative Report Program with Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren, Forest, Crawford) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.

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Rep. Bryan Cutler Legislative Radio Report/Podcast

May. 06, 2016  Download

This Legislative Report Program with Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) is now available on the House Republican Radio News Service. You may use this brief public affairs report in its entirety or edit it down for actualities to use in your state government news coverage.

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Rep. Grove Calls for Equitable School Funding for Charter School Facilities

May. 04, 2016  Download

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) was joined by members of Philadelphia Charters for Excellence and the Pennsylvania Coalition for Public Charter Schools at a press conference Tuesday in Harrisburg to call on lawmakers to adopt an education funding formula that provides equal dollars for traditional public and charter school facilities. Rep. Grove said fair funding is needed to ensure that both public and charter schools are prepared to provide the best education possible for students in Pennsylvania.

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Committee Passage of Hickernell Bill to Protect Schools Against Future Budget Impasses

May. 03, 2016  Download

Legislation to guarantee that all Pennsylvania schools would continue to be funded at the previous year’s appropriation level in the event of a budget impasse has been approved by the House Education Committee. Prime sponsor Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster, Dauphin) said administrators, taxpayers, and students should not be held hostage when lawmakers and the Governor cannot agree on spending priorities in the Commonwealth. House Bill 1159 is now awaiting consideration by the full House.

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House Approves Dush Legislation to Permit ‘In God We Trust’ Displays in PA Public Schools

May. 03, 2016  Download

Legislation to allow Pennsylvania public schools to display America’s national motto, “In God We Trust,” was approved Monday by the state House by a resounding bipartisan margin of 179-20. Prime sponsor Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson & Indiana) said the bill would help to ensure future generations of Pennsylvania students will have the opportunity to see the national motto, which is part of the history and heritage of the United States, displayed in our public schools.

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Rep. Boback Calls for Support of Civics Education

May. 02, 2016  Download

Legislation designed to improve the knowledge of history and civics in the Commonwealth was the topic of a press conference held in Harrisburg on Monday. Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming) is the co-sponsor of House Bill 1858, which would require high school students to pass a test on basic facts of U.S. history and civics taken from the United States Citizenship Civics Test – the same test all immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship must pass.