Sunday, November 15, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup Nov 15: PA will spend $210M the next 5 years on tests that tell us where poor kids who can't read live. How about spending it helping them learn to read?

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PA Ed Policy Roundup November 15, 2015:
PA will spend $210M the next 5 years on tests that tell us where poor kids who can't read live.  How about spending it helping them learn to read?

Note: PA Ed Policy Roundup may not publish tomorrow; going to Harrisburg!   See you there?

Blogger Question: PA will spend $210M the next 5 years on tests that tell us where poor kids who can't read live.  How about spending it helping them learn to read?
Data Recognition Corp.nets 5 1/2 year $210 million contract for PSSAs and Keystone Exams Under the Dome email November 13, 2015
And for the big item of the week, it looks like Data Recognition Corp. will continue the development, production and distribution of Pennsylvania's multiple assessments, including the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), the Keystone Exams, End of Course (EOC) exams and the Classroom Diagnostic Tool, among others. The holder of the existing contract, which was extended back in January through, roughly, the end of the current school year, was recently awarded a new five-and-a-half year, $210 million contract which allows the company to continue the work it has been doing (the deal also has one optional three-year contract renewal). The new contract combines two existing contracts one for the PSSA and the other for the Keystone Exams/CDT (both held by Data Recognition Corp.) - into one contract. Data beat out the company that had won, temporarily, the contract last year: New Hampshire-based test development firm Measured Progress, Inc.. 

Under Hackney's leadership, the high school has also put together one of the most advanced efforts in the city to implement the "community school" approach, which involves re-envisioning schools as accessible, full-service community centers for students and their families.  Kenney has touted community schools as a way to revitalize the city's struggling neighborhood schools. He says he wants to create 25 community schools citywide.
Community Schools: South Philadelphia principal Hackney to be chief education officer, Kenney says
the notebook By Paul Socolar on Nov 13, 2015 10:09 AM
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has named Otis Hackney, the principal at South Philadelphia High School since 2010, to be his chief education officer.   Hackney is widely acclaimed for turning around the high school, which had been plagued by racial tension and by violent attacks on Asian students.  In a release, the Kenney campaign credits him with "transforming the culture of 'Southern' into a model for other urban education systems."

"Advocates for poorer districts say applying (the formula) without first restoring cuts made by Corbett might not be fair.  Such a move leaves "all the current unfairness preserved," said Susan Gobreski, the executive director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania, part of a coalition of advocacy groups called the Campaign for Fair Education Funding. "It would not do anything to fix the starting point."  The group is calling for a $410 million "down payment" this year to restore past cuts while also implementing the new formula."
Budget details must address school funding, property taxes, pension
by Chris Palmer, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau Updated on NOVEMBER 15, 2015 — 3:01 AM EST
HARRISBURG - It took more than five months for Pennsylvania lawmakers to agree on broad concepts for the state's overdue budget.  The bigger obstacle, as usual, may be hammering out the details.  The tentative accord announced Tuesday by Gov. Wolf and Republican legislators - one they pledged to complete by Thanksgiving - means they will have to win broad support for more than just their 1.25 percent sales tax increase.  As critical will be the final proposals for issues that have long divided Harrisburg: reducing property taxes, fairly distributing education funding, reforming the state's ailing pension system, and privatizing aspects of the state-run liquor industry.  "There are these really important details that could blow the entire deal up," said Thomas Baldino, political science professor at Wilkes University.
At the core of the $30 billion budget, first due in July, is money for schools.

"Wolf is billing the deal as delivering a record increase in aid to public schools, which was his biggest priority in budget talks, and the first substantial school property tax reductions as part of his broader goal to narrow huge funding disparities between Pennsylvania's wealthier and poorer school districts. It also would help whittle down a long-term budget deficit that Wolf has criticized as damaging to the state's credit rating and driving up its borrowing costs."
Wolf: Renters may bear bigger burden in 'half a loaf' budget
By Marc Levy | The Associated Press on November 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM, updated November 13, 2015 at 3:21 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposed 21 percent increase in Pennsylvania's sales tax — part of a plan to end a nearly five-month-old state government budget stalemate — will fall more heavily on people who don't own a home, Gov. Tom Wolf acknowledged on Friday.  The first-term Democratic governor suggested that the sales tax proposal was the result of concessions he had to make to Republicans controlling the Legislature, telling interviewers during a regular appearance on KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh that the budget deal is a "half a loaf."  Wolf pointed out that his original budget plan in March sought to deliver $426 million in rent rebates to lower-income households, but Republicans opposed it. Meanwhile, Wolf and Democratic lawmakers say they would have preferred an increase in the personal income tax because they believe it does not fall as heavily on the poor.

"There’s a lot not to like about this budget plan. But there is one overriding factor in its favor.  For one, it offers relief on property tax, clearly one of the biggest issues in Delaware County and across the state. For years, those on limited and fixed incomes whose homes were paid for sat by and wondered how they would pay their escalating property taxes.  Under the plan, all of the $2 billion raised by increasing the sales tax would deliver property-tax relief and increased funding for education.  Another facet would attack another priority of the GOP, and another mounting fiscal morass — the state’s two massive, debt-ridden public employee pension plans. Under the plan, the Pennsylvania will skim $500 million from the state’s slot-machine revenue jackpot and place it in a special account to shore up the pension funds."
Editorial: Pennsylvania taxpayers are getting ‘Zonked’ by budget deal
Delco Times POSTED: 11/14/15, 7:57 PM EST | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO
Welcome to everyone’s favorite Harrisburg game show: “Let’s Make A Deal.”
Gov. Tom Wolf, come on down.
You were the first to raise the white flag, abandoning your promise to seek a new tax on the state’s Marcellus Shale natural gas operations. You basically were elected on this promise, vowing to restore funding for education that was wiped out during four years of the Corbett administration.  Unfortunately, putting a Democrat in the governor’s mansion had little or no effect on the state Legislature, where Republicans actually increased their majorities.
They informed the governor they had no intention of creating a new tax and slapping it on natural gas, fearing a loss of jobs and exodus of a business that is already showing some signs of growing pains.  But the GOP did not have the votes to override Wolf’s veto, nor to get a stopgap spending measure passed to get critically needed funding to local schools and social service agencies that had been on life support as the state’s budget impasse stretched into month five.  It was the Republicans’ turn to step up to the game wheel, swapping everything behind Door No. 1 — a new levy on Marcellus Shale — for what was behind Door No. 2 — an increase in the state sales tax.  That will allow Wolf to save face when it comes to property-tax relief and increased aid to education.

All that waiting for a state budget and this is what we got from Wolf? Editorial
By PennLive Editorial Board  Email the author  on November 13, 2015 at 4:55 PM
We waited 4 ½ months for this?
We've been urging compromise in the state budget standoff for a long time. But what Gov. Tom Wolf put forth in the last week wasn't a compromise as much as a surrender.
  • There is no tax increase for the state's Marcellus Shale natural gas industry (the so-called severance tax), which was the cornerstone of Wolf's education spending increase.
  • The income tax rate would remain the same if the plan were to be approved, which is not what Wolf sought.
  • The total tax increase would be be about one-fourth of the size the governor wanted.
  • We don't know specifically how the gnawing pension problem will be addressed, other than to shift $600 million in gambling funds to pay those obligations. That's not a fix, that's just throwing money into the never-ending pension hole. What will the final plan look like?
It doesn't take an economist to figure out that this plan is going to hurt Pennsylvanians on the lower end of the pay scale. Wolf said so Friday when he admitted that the proposals would fall heavier on those who don't own a home.

6 ways the proposed state budget deal could affect you
By John Guerriero  814-870-1690 Erie Times-News November 15, 2015 06:05 AM
ERIE, Pa. -- After nearly 140 days, Pennsylvania still doesn't have a fiscal-year budget. But negotiators have the framework for a deal that could be approved before Thanksgiving. 
First-term Gov. Tom Wolf didn't get everything he wanted, notably a tax on the Marcellus Shale gas industry, at least for this year. And Republican leaders, usually allergic to tax increases, have agreed to a state sales tax increase as a way to fund property tax relief.  "This is a compromise budget," said Wolf's spokesman, Jeff Sheridan.  Many details must be worked out before the Republican-controlled House and Senate vote on the spending plan that was supposed to take effect July 1. Staff-level meetings between the governor's office and the Legislature to hammer out details will continue this week, and lawmakers return to session on Monday and might stay through Saturday.

Letter to the Editor: Pa. pension system isn’t too generous, it’s too underfunded
Delco Times By Stephen Herzenberg, Times Guest Columnist POSTED: 11/14/15, 7:58 PM EST 
A new plan to alter Pennsylvania’s public pension system is a bad deal for taxpayers, working people, and the integrity of Pennsylvania’s pension funds.  Details are scarce because the plan, which would negatively impact workers, the commonwealth and school districts for years to come, is still being crafted behind closed doors as part of the state budget negotiations between Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders.  But here’s what we do know: The pension plan would slash in half the traditional — and already modest — pension for new Pennsylvania teachers, nurses, and state workers and force the rest of retirement contributions into 401(k)-type defined contribution savings accounts that are less efficient and more costly than the current pension system.  As a result of high Wall Street fees and lower investment returns, defined contribution savings accounts typically cost a lot more to deliver any given benefit. They also carry huge risk for employees, who can lose a quarter or more of their nest egg if they retire at the wrong time.  Contrary to recent statements made by Harrisburg “budgeteers” and in this newspaper, there are no savings from forcing younger teachers, nurses, and state workers into inefficient savings accounts. The cost to taxpayers of benefits for new employees will increase by nearly 50 percent over the current defined benefit pension plan.

"In a Monday letter to Wolf and top state lawmakers, the Campaign for Fair Education Funding said further restrictions would worsen already large funding inequities between Pennsylvania's richer and poorer school districts.  "Why would we lock in those inequities when we are just about to begin an unprecedented long-term effort to finally solve them?" the coalition questioned."
Property tax debate takes the stage in Pennsylvania Capitol
Education Week by AP Published Online: November 12, 2015
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The debate over school property taxes in Pennsylvania is heating up as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers look for ways to balance school boards' authority to increase taxes at a time the state officials are considering raising the state sales tax to finance reductions in the school taxes.  School boards, teachers' unions and other organizations that want an apolitical formula to distribute state aid to schools are pressing state officials against further restricting school board autonomy.  In a Monday letter to Wolf and top state lawmakers, the Campaign for Fair Education Funding said further restrictions would worsen already large funding inequities between Pennsylvania's richer and poorer school districts.
"Why would we lock in those inequities when we are just about to begin an unprecedented long-term effort to finally solve them?" the coalition questioned.

Southmoreland opposes referendum bill
Trib Live By Paul Paterra Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, 1:26 a.m.
Southmoreland School Directors voted Thursday to send a letter to state legislators expressing their opposition to Senate Bill 909, which if passed would require school districts to place a referendum question on the ballot for any possible tax increase.  The motion was approved by an 8-1 vote, with Director Ken Alt voting no.  The proposed legislation would amend Act 1 of 2006 or — as it also is known — the Pennsylvania Taxpayer Relief Act. That legislation calls for the state to set the rate by which districts can raise property taxes every year. Each school district's tax increase limit is different and based on various economic factors.  Director Gail Rhodes, who is the board's liaison to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, said the bill is being discussed as part of the state budget negotiations.  “PSBA has listed several reasons why this Senate bill is a bad idea,” Rhodes said.  Those reasons include:

PSBA’s new Closer Look publication explains referendum concerns
PSBA website Noivember 13, 2015
PSBA is sending to the governor and legislators the newest piece in its Closer Look information series, “Referendum: It’s Not Tax Reform.” The report examines the concerns with the faulty concept of referendum on school districts as a tax reform solution. Referendum treats the symptom of unpopular property taxes without treating the cause of the problem — an inadequate education funding system and too many unfunded and underfunded mandates. Rather than addressing these issues, proposals to eliminate the index and require referendum strips elected school boards of the ability to make tough financial decisions for their districts without any changes to the statutory processes under Act 1.  The report explains that districts also have to be able to pay for increasingly high mandated costs, including those for employer contributions to the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS), charter school tuition for regular and special education, and special education programs and services for district students. These are mandated costs that school boards cannot control, and every year they consume larger portions of district budgets.  Click here to read PSBA’s report: “Referendum: It’s Not Tax Reform.”

PSBA files amicus brief regarding PA supreme court decision involving charter school and school district
PSBA website Noivember 13, 2015
In June 2015, PSBA filed an amicus curiae brief in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, supporting the position of the Bethlehem Area School District to overturn a Commonwealth Court decision favoring Lehigh Valley Dual Language Charter School. The determinations Commonwealth Court made and PSBA’s arguments on appeal included:

Smucker chides school district for dropping faith-based pregnancy organization; Board members call the criticism a political move
Lancaster Online by KARA NEWHOUSE and SCOTT KREIDER | Staff Nov. 13, 2015
On Sept. 10 the Lancaster County Community Foundation posted a Facebook photo of Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services' satellite location at School District of Lancaster. The photo prompted complaints from school district residents and parents concerned about the religious and political views of Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services, a nonprofit with four locations in Lancaster County and two in Lebanon County.  The School District of Lancaster dropped a partnership with a faith-based pregnancy services organization in early October, but the conversation about it isn't over.  State Sen. Lloyd Smucker, who announced this week he is running for Congress, has waded into the issue with a lettercriticizing the school board's decision.  In the letter, dated Nov. 4, Smucker called the move “a poor example of leadership” and asked the board to publicly explain why they cut ties with Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services. Otherwise, he wrote, the issue could be taken up by the state Senate Education Committee, of which Smucker is chairman.  Some school board members questioned the motivations behind the letter at a committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday.  “I think the letter has a lot to do with politics, and I think that we’re being asked to participate in those politics,” school board member Candace Roper said at the meeting.

Keystone exam proposal wrapped up in budget talks
York Daily record by Angie Mason, amason@ydr.com5:43 p.m. EST November 13, 2015
An effort to delay the Keystone exams as a high school graduation requirement is being discussed during state budget talks, and some York County school officials say the issue needs attention before the requirements take effect next year.  The Keystones, end-of-course exams in algebra, English and biology, were first administered in 2012-13 and are set to become graduation requirements for students with the class of 2017. But some local educators said there's still work needed before districts will be ready for them to become a requirement.  Over the summer, the state Senate passed a bill, sponsored by Sen. Lloyd Smucker, that would delay making them a graduation requirement until the class of 2019. It has since sat in the House education committee.  State Rep. Stan Saylor, who chairs the committee, said the issue is being discussed as part of state budget talks. But it's also a broader conversation.

PA: Testing Stutter Steps
Curmuducation Blog by Peter Greene Saturday, November 14, 2015
Pennsylvania may or may not be close to getting a budget, or a temporary budget patch, or a deal to at least pay schools while the full budget continues to circle the drain. The new changes about every three or four hours.  But word comes out of Harrisburg that the budget talks also include discussion-- again-- of the use of the Keystone exams as a graduation requirement.  The Keystones are our version of the Big Standardized Test, theoretically aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards. The Pennsylvania Core Standards are of course one more version of the Common Core that are totes different from the national version because ours have the word "Pennsylvania" in the title and also don't have the word "Common" in the title, so completely different thing, absolutely. The Keystones are also our very own exam system even though I once sat through a state training on the testing in which we used PARCC materials and were assured those would work just fine. So there's that.

No direct questions on K-12 education….
Pell Grants, Sandy Hook Highlight Brief Nods to Education in Democratic Debate
Education Week Politics K-12 Blog  By Andrew Ujifusa on November 15, 2015 12:09 AM
On a night when the terrorist attacks in Paris and the economy dominated the debate featuring the three Democratic presidential hopefuls, education only got a few passing mentions, just like in their previous debate. And when it did, none of the candidates said anything that really broke new ground.   During the Saturday debate, held at Drake University in Iowa and hosted by CBS, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley made a point of bragging about his state's number one ranking in Education Week's Quality Counts report. AndMaryland schools did achieve that distinction from 2009 to 2013. 

Lawmakers Announce Preliminary Agreement On ESEA Rewrite
Education Week Politics K-12 Blog By Alyson Klein on November 13, 2015 4:48 PM
UPDATED  It's official: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., and Bobby Scott, D-Va., on Friday announced that they have a framework for moving forward on a long-stalled rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.   The next step: a conference committee, which could kick off in coming days. The goal is to pass a bill to revise the ESEA—the current version of which is the No Child Left Behind Act—for the first time in 15 years, by the end of 2015.   Here is their statement:   "We believe we have a path forward that can lead to a successful conference, and that is why we are recommending to our leadership to appoint conferees to take the next step in replacing No Child Left Behind. This is a law that everyone wants fixed, and teachers, parents, and students are counting on us to succeed. Our efforts to improve K-12 education will continue to reflect regular order, providing conference members an opportunity to share their views and offer their ideas. Because of the framework we've developed, we are optimistic that the members of the conference committee can reach agreement on a final bill that Congress will approve and the president will sign."

US congressman submits enquiry on misuse of federal funds by Gülenist schools
DAILY SABAH ISTANBUL Published NOvember 13, 2015
Allegations of misusing state funds by controversial Gülen Movement-affiliated charter schools have been questioned in an enquiry sent by Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  In a letter sent on Nov. 3, Grijalva requested a status report from the secretary of education on the department's involvement in theinvestigation of 19 public charter schools in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio by the Gülenist Concept Charter Schools.  "As a member of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, I have a particular interest in charter school operations that are funded with public taxpayer dollars. I believe that we have an obligation to ensure that no federal funds are being misused in these schools," Grijalva said in the letter sent to Arne Duncan.

INFOGRAPHIC: Bill Gates’s 15 Years of Experimenting on Public Education
Network for Public Education November 14, 2015
NPE is proud to share this interactive infographic detailing the last 15 years of Bill Gates’s public education experiments. It contains links to 13 reports from 12 of the nation’s leading pro-public education advocates (which you will also find in the “Around the States” entries below.)  Hover your cursor over the green, yellow, and red entries to reveal links to the reports. You’ll also find a video of Gates embedded in the center quote. Please share widely to let others know the full extent of the destructive influence Bill and Melinda Gates have had, and continue to have, on the democratic institution of public education.

"However, when looking at the total number of charter school students, the list looks a bit different with Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Miami-Dade rounding out the top five.  Although charter school enrollment has grown by 62 percent over the past five years, at 2.9 million children, charter students still only make up about 6 percent of all public school students."
Six Districts Where 40 Percent or More of Students Attend Charter Schools
Education Week Charters & Choice Blog By Arianna Prothero on November 10, 2015 9:57 AM 
The number of students attending charter schools continues to grow nationally, and now enrollment in charters has reached at least 40 percent in six school districts, according to a report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.  Kansas City, Mo., and Gary, Ind., have joined New Orleans, Detroit, the District of Columbia, and Flint, Mich., in the 40 percent-plus club.  This is the 10th annual report from NAPCS that looks at cities with large numbers of charter school students—both in terms of percentage and raw numbers.  The top 10 districts with the largest charter school enrollments each had at least 30 percent of their students in charters. Ten years ago, only New Orleans—which continues to have the largest market share at 93 percent today—met that benchmark.

PSBA New School Director Training
School boards who will welcome new directors after the election should plan to attend PSBA training to help everyone feel more confident right from the start. This one-day event is targeted to help members learn the basics of their new roles and responsibilities. Meet the friendly, knowledgeable PSBA team and bring everyone on your “team of 10” to get on the same page fast.
  • $150 per registrant (No charge if your district has a LEARN PassNote: All-Access members also have LEARN Pass.)
  • One-hour lunch on your own — bring your lunch, go to lunch, or we’ll bring a box lunch to you; coffee/tea provided all day
  • Course materials available online or we’ll bring a printed copy to you for an additional $25
  • Registrants receive one month of 100-level online courses for each registrant, after the live class
Nine locations for your convenience:
  • Philadelphia area — Nov. 21 William Tennent HS, Warminster (note: location changed from IU23 Norristown)
  • Pittsburgh area — Dec. 5 Allegheny IU3, Homestead
  • South Central PA and Erie areas (joint program)— Dec. 12 Northwest Tri-County IU5, Edinboro and PSBA, Mechanicsburg
  • Butler area — Jan. 9 Midwestern IU 4, Grove City (note: location changed from Penn State New Kensington)
  • Allentown area — Jan. 16 Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Schnecksville
  • Central PA — Jan. 30 Nittany Lion Inn, State College
  • Scranton area — Feb. 6 Abington Heights SD, Clarks Summit
  • North Central area —Feb. 13 Mansfield University, Mansfield

Register for PSBA Budget Action Day on Monday, Nov. 16 — Join us!
Capitol Building, Harrisburg NOV 16, 2015 • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
For more than four months Pennsylvanians have gone without a state budget, and school districts are feeling the pain.  As the budget stalemate continues, many school districts across the state are depleting savings or borrowing to meet expenses. In addition to loan interest payments and fees, schools are taking many other steps to curtail spending and keep school doors open.
PSBA is asking you to join us at the Harrisburg Capitol on Monday, Nov. 16 to take action. Let our legislators know that a state budget is critical to the education of our public school children in Pennsylvania.  Budget Action Day, Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA; Monday, Nov. 16, 2015; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Meet at 9 a.m. in the Majority Caucus Room, Room 140, to hear from legislators on top issues that are affecting the budget stalemate and receive packets for your legislative visits. 

Register now for the 2015 PASCD 65th Annual Conference, Leading and Achieving in an Interconnected World, to be held November 15-17, 2015 at Pittsburgh Monroeville Convention Center.
The Conference will Feature Keynote Speakers: Meenoo Rami – Teacher and Author “Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching,”  Mr. Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Heidi Hayes-Jacobs – Founder and President of Curriculum Design, Inc. and David Griffith – ASCD Senior Director of Public Policy.  This annual conference features small group sessions focused on: Curriculum and Supervision, Personalized and Individualized Learning, Innovation, and Blended and Online Learning. The PASCD Conference is a great opportunity to stay connected to the latest approaches for innovative change in your school or district.  Join us forPASCD 2015!  Online registration is available by visiting <>

NSBA Advocacy Institute 2016; January 24 - 26 in Washington, D.C.
Housing and meeting registration is open for Advocacy Institute 2016.  The theme, “Election Year Politics & Public Schools,” celebrates the exciting year ahead for school board advocacy.  Strong legislative programming will be paramount at this year’s conference in January.  Visit for more information.

PASBO 61st Annual Conference and Exhibits March 8 - 11, 2016
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania

The Network for Public Education 3rd Annual National Conference April 16-17, 2016 Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Network for Public Education is thrilled to announce the location for our 3rd Annual National Conference. On April 16 and 17, 2016 public education advocates from across the country will gather in Raleigh, North Carolina.  We chose Raleigh to highlight the tremendous activist movement that is flourishing in North Carolina. No one exemplifies that movement better than the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, who will be the conference keynote speaker. Rev. Barber is the current president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, the National NAACP chair of the Legislative Political Action Committee, and the founder of Moral Mondays.

Interested in letting our elected leadership know your thoughts on education funding, a severance tax, property taxes and the budget?
Governor Tom Wolf, (717) 787-2500

Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Turzai, (717) 772-9943
House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173
Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Joe Scarnati, (717) 787-7084
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377

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