Tuesday, December 8, 2015

PA Ed Policy Roundup Dec 8: .@PAHouseGOP #PAbudget reportedly: $215M less for basic ed; $25M less for pre-k; $5M less for Head Start; $20 million less for special ed

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PA Ed Policy Roundup December 8, 2015:
.@PAHouseGOP #PAbudget reportedly: $215M less for basic ed; $25M less for pre-k; $5M less for Head Start; $20 million less for special ed

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“This is a budget that the Senate can pass and the governor can sign,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said on the Senate floor.
House and Senate advance competing budget proposals
The Senate voted 43-7, with seven Republicans in opposition, to send the House a $30.8 billion spending plan that would add $365 million to the main K-12 education funding line, along with other increases.
By Karen Langley & Kate Giammarise Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau December 8, 2015 12:09 AM
HARRISBURG — The House and Senate on Monday advanced competing proposals to end the state budget impasse, with the Senate approving legislation supported by Gov. Tom Wolf while House Republicans signed off at the committee level on a lower-spending plan.
The Senate voted 43-7, with seven Republicans in opposition, to send the House a $30.8 billion spending plan that would add $365 million to the main K-12 education funding line, along with other increases. The chamber did not address the corresponding question of how to pay for the increase in spending, with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, saying a revenue agreement could be made public in the coming days.  Speaking on the Senate floor, Mr. Corman acknowledged the House had not agreed to the spending plan. But he said that what the House has proposed does not have the support to be made into law.  “This is a budget that the Senate can pass and the governor can sign,” he said.  Soon after, House Republicans voted through the Appropriations Committee a $30.3 billion spending plan, which Chairman Bill Adolph, R-Delaware, described as “the art of the possible.” Mr. Adolph said there is not support to pay for the plan that passed the Senate.  “The truth is there’s going to be a big tax package to pay for the spending framework,” he said. “I have not heard from any of the caucuses yet that they have the tax votes to pass their spending plan.”

Dueling budget bills now moving through the General Assembly
The PLS Reporter Author: Jason Gottesman/Monday, December 7, 2015
Adding fresh fuel to Pennsylvania’s 160-day budget impasse, the Senate Monday sent the House a $30.8 billion budget that reflects the budget framework agreement all sides seemed to be moving to just a few weeks ago.  Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee moved along a $30.2 billion spending plan that was said to reflect “the art of the possible” in that chamber.  Starting in the Senate, Senate Bill 1073 passed with relatively little debate by a 43-7 vote.  The bill was acknowledged on both sides as being an imperfect compromise.  “I think this budget does the best we can under the circumstances to have reasonable growth in our spending, but at the same time we still have challenges,” said Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) on the Senate floor Monday afternoon.  Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) added voting for the consensus proposal is the best way to ensure money starts flowing to provide for addition investments in public education and address issues with social services funding.  “We can make a choice, and that choice is to make investment,” he said.  Most importantly, Sen. Corman said to members of the House, the bill moving through the Senate is the one that can get the votes in the Senate and the governor’s signature.

"I can live with this budget. It's not a budget I would have written, but it's not bad," said State Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery).  Harper emphasized that the tentative sales-tax agreement does not affect child care, nursing homes, home health care, or legal and accounting services.  "I would not be happy if the exemptions that we were taking away included food and other necessities, but they aren't, and I think people can handle a six percent tax on a hair cut. I just do," she said."
After another tentative agreement falters, uncertainty returns to long-overdue Pa. budget
For the second time in a month, a tentative deal to end Pennsylvania's five month-long budget impasse has fallen apart.  Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle came to an agreement late last week that would provide an historic $400 million boost to K-12 education funding by broadening the amount of items eligible for sales tax.  Also key to the deal: leaders agreed to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets, and came up with a pension reform compromise that would call on new employees covered by the state pension system — including teachers — to share some of the market risk in their retirement plans.  They would enter a hybrid plan that incorporates aspects of 401k style plans.  The tentative deal, though, came off its wheels over the weekend, when it became clear that House leaders couldn't sell rank-and-file members on the finer details of the blueprint.

"Either scenario means the budget fight could push into the new year.
"The bill that came out of the House Appropriations Committee is not what the governor agreed to," said Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan."
Senate's OK of $30.8 billion budget does not end impasse
Steve Esack Contact Reporter Morning Call Harrisburg Bureau December 7, 2015
Tax increases part of Senate's and Gov. Tom Wolf's $30.8 billion budget House opposes
HARRISBURG — With taps echoing Monday in the Capitol hallways, the Republican-controlled Legislature took divergent paths toward a possible budget armistice with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.  The Senate in a bipartisan vote overwhelmingly approved a $30.8 billion spending bill that includes $435 million more for public education and still-unresolved tax increases, including possible changes to the sales tax. The Senate also adopted a bill to change pension plans for future state workers and public school employees, while leaving possible changes to the state-owned liquor system for another day.  The Senate's votes do not signal an end to Pennsylvania's 160-day budget impasse. While the Democratic governor supports the Senate plan, the GOP-controlled House does not.  Shortly after the Senate voted, the House Appropriations Committee in a 21-11 party-line tally approved a $30.2 billion spending plan. It is fueled by fewer new taxes and offers less new money for education.  The full House could start voting on the package Tuesday. If it passes, it's doubtful the Senate will vote on it because Wolf doesn't support it. The House also might not vote on the Senate package — or might vote on it to watch it fail.

Pennsylvania Senate approves public employee pension reforms
Penn Live By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on December 07, 2015 at 8:43 PM, updated December 07, 2015 at 9:15 PM
The state Senate passed a public pension reform plan Monday that, Republican supporters say, provides a big win for taxpayers by reducing the risk of fresh cost spikes going forward.  But the 38-12 vote also carried significant Democratic support, as independent analysts hailed what they saw as preservation of retirement security for the future public sector employees who would have to live by the new bill's terms.  Twenty-nine Republicans voted for the bill, along with nine Democrats. Ten Democrats voted 'no,' joined by two Republicans.

The five Tweets that explain the mess that is the #PaBudget: Monday Morning Coffee
Penn Live By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on December 07, 2015 at 8:18 AM
Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
If you were otherwise preoccupied by friends, family, college football, self-improvement or all the other things that make life worth living, and not tuned into the endless debate over the state budget (and who could blame you?), it's something of a gigantic honking mess right now.  
In short, the state House pulled the plug on its Sunday session after torpedoing the month-old budget "framework"; the Senate is set to start voting on the framework as early as today; the current version of pension reform could make it optional for sitting lawmakers (nice, right?) and there's zero consensus on booze reform.

As key #PaBudget pieces start to move, will Wolf, lawmakers wring out a holiday miracle?: Analysis
Penn Live By John L. Micek | jmicek@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on December 07, 2015 at 1:24 PM, updated December 07, 2015 at 3:11 PM
There was a choir in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday morning singing a beatific version of "Silent Night," which was appropriate, because if there's a building in need of a little divine intervention right now, it's this one.  Keep in mind, the last 48 hours saw majority House Republicans dynamite a carefully crafted budget framework, even as Senate Republicans made a separate peace with the Democratic Wolf administration to try to run down the curtain on the state's six-month-old budget farce.  "We're still moving forward with what we agreed to [with the Senate GOP] administration spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan said Monday morning. "We have no idea what the House Republicans are doing."

Senators to lobby House members for budget framework agreement
The PLS Reporter Author: Jason Gottesman/Monday, December 7, 2015
With the Senate having sent a budget bill to the House comprising of an agreement that the governor will sign, some in Senate leadership told The PLS Reporter Monday that they will be engaging House colleagues to try to persuade them to support the budget framework.  “We’d certainly be disappointed if the House doesn’t take up the GA bill and pension proposal,” said Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny). “We all stood together, all five parties stood together and said we have a budget framework. We’re honoring that structural budget framework and our hope is that the House will do the same.”  He said he is going to openly encourage House colleagues to support the framework, including the budget bill, pension bill, and “other bills to come.”  “We all have to make tough choices,” he added. “I do think we’re going to call upon our colleagues to support the overall comprehensive approach to what we’re going to do.”

Pa. legislators weigh dueling budget bills
by Chris Palmer, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau. Updated on DECEMBER 8, 2015 — 1:08 AM EST
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania House and Senate took radically different steps Monday toward resolving the state's five-month-old budget impasse, placing the chambers on seemingly separate tracks just days after they had been working together on a final agreement.  During a brief and nearly debate-free session, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a $30.8 billion spending plan that reflects many aspects of the so-called framework agreement announced by Gov. Wolf and Republican leaders before Thanksgiving.  Then a key House committee voted along partisan lines to approve its own pared-down spending plan - with less money for public education and little chance of support from the Senate or Wolf - but one that House Republicans pushed anyway after rank-and-file members over the weekend signaled they would not support the original framework.  "This budget isn't perfect . . . but this is a compromise," said Rep. Bill Adolph (R., Delaware), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, sidestepping questions about how that plan could pass both chambers.

"The Senate budget, which passed that chamber by a 43-7 vote, included historic spending increases for education that Gov. Tom Wolf indicated he could support.
It includes $365 million increase for basic education, a $50 million increase for special education and a $22.5 million increase for higher education.
The House GOP plan – which increases spending by $1.1 billion over last year's $29.2 billion budget – proposes $100 million more for basic education, $30 million for special education, and $79 million for higher education."
Dueling state budget plans set the stage for a showdown
Penn Live By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter on December 07, 2015 at 7:32 PM, updated December 07, 2015 at 8:28 PM
wo different budget plans saw action in Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled General Assembly on Monday, moving forward on separate but parallel tracks.  Just hours after the Senate passed a $30.8 billion state spending plan, the House Appropriations Committee approved a leaner $30.3 billion budget on a party-line21-15 vote.   vote by the full House is expected to occur on Tuesday, setting the stage for more budget negotiations to resolve differences between the two proposals. Monday's progress came more than five months into a stalemate that has left schools and nonprofits struggling to get by without state dollars.  Still, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph, R-Delaware, was confident the House GOP-crafted plan could garner the 102 votes needed to pass that chamber to send over to the Senate.  "We are entering the second week of December," Adolph said. "The people of Pennsylvania want us to get a budget done."

Now It’s House Republicans Blocking a Pa. Budget Deal
It’s time for everybody to accept a partial victory and go home.
Phillymag BY JOEL MATHIS  |  DECEMBER 7, 2015 AT 11:55 AM
Maybe I was wrong.
As the months dragged on without a state budget, I had increasingly come to believe that Gov. Tom Wolf was being too stubborn. After all, there were reports that Republicans had offered a substantial increase in ed funding as part of a budget deal; given that schools were foundering without a state budget to send money their way, I believed the governor should take that half a loaf, declare victory, and move on to the next battle. The fact that he hadn’t done so, I suggested, raised questions about his ability to govern. (He disagreed, by the way.)  In the last couple of weeks, though, Wolf has done exactly what I’d hoped he’d do: He took the half-a-loaf — a big increase in ed funding — and prepared to end the budget battle. He didn’t get the tax he wanted on the Marcellus Shale. In fact, the budget agreement pays for the increase in spending by expanding sales taxes, which fall most heavily on the poor. But that’s politics in a divided state: To get a little you have to give a little.  One problem, though: A budget framework was announced before Thanksgiving. That fell apart, and a new, similar deal was announced Friday. It now appears to be falling apart. What’s up with that?
It’s House Republicans, it turns out, who can’t get their (ahem) house in order.

PA-BGT: Mutiny in the Legislature
PoliticsPA Written by Jason Addy, Contributing Writer December 7, 2015
House GOP members went against their leadership this weekend, casting serious doubt on the previously announced budget “agreement.”  Rank-and-file Republicans held a closed-doors meeting on Saturday, after which they told reporters they would not be supporting the plan negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, House Majority Leader Dave Reed and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. That plan includes $30.7 billion in spending, including $350 million in additional education funding.  After their meeting, House Republicans signaled their intent to seek a smaller budget plan: $30.3 billion in spending, with only $150 million for education, Charles Thompson of the Patriot News reports. The plan proposes no changes to the state’s sales or income taxes.  “We’re trying to deliver a budget that we think we can get the votes to pass,” Rep. Kerry Benninghoff said.

Guest Column: Pa.’s budget impasse spells disaster for the most needy
Delco Times By Deborah Gordon Klehr and Karen C. Buck , Times Guest Columnists POSTED: 12/07/15, 10:30 PM EST
Deborah Gordon Klehr is executive director of Education Law Center, based in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Karen C. Buck is executive director of SeniorLAW Center, based in Philadelphia.
If budgets reflect our collective priorities, then this year’s impasse sends a loud and clear message that public schools and services for seniors aren’t currently at the top of that list. For hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, from our youngest to our oldest citizens, and everyone in between, the six month-long budget impasse has been a disaster.  School districts that rely on state funding have had to take out millions of dollars in loans just to keep the doors open. Senior centers across the state have closed and in Philadelphia alone, no aging service provider has been paid since the summer, including those that serve the daily needs of elders, protect victims of elder abuse and violence, and prevent senior homelessness. Some school and senior services staff are being asked to work without pay to serve the most vulnerable people in our state. It is precisely these Pennsylvanians who are most impacted by our lawmakers’ failure to adequately and promptly fund these necessary services.

Study: Philly comprehensive high schools in trouble
by Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer. Updated on DECEMBER 7, 2015 — 12:00 PM EST
High school choices have expanded dramatically in Philadelphia over the past decade, at a steep price: the large comprehensive schools are "hanging on by a thread," a new study by a local child-advocacy organization has found.  Though more options are available through new Philadelphia School District specialty schools and charters, the vast majority of city teens still attend neighborhood high schools, which have grown poorer, needier, less rigorous and less stable, according to research released Monday by Public Citizens for Children and Youth.  "All of the energy that's gone into creating alternatives could have been used to make these schools vibrant," said Donna Cooper, PCCY's executive director.  Unlike other types of schools, the comprehensive high schools must take all comers, regardless of behavioral history, learning needs, or other issues. And they do, enrolling students who leave other types of schools throughout the year.  "Special admits and charter schools dump students here for behavioral issues," one neighborhood high school principal told researchers.

PPG Editorial: Keep searching: City schools need expert help to find a new chief
Post Gazette By the Editorial Board December 8, 2015 12:00 AM
The Pittsburgh Public Schools board demonstrated stupefying naivete in its decision to hire an inexperienced consultant that two of its members met at an education conference.
Even if they had just needed help redecorating the administration building, it would have been wrong to engage an out-of-state consulting firm with little relevant experience without even checking references. But it’s worse than that: The consultant, who will be paid up to $100,000 for his services, was chosen to help find Pittsburgh’s new  superintendent.  The board voted last month to hire Perkins Consulting Group to recommend a successor to Linda Lane, who will retire June 30. Board president Thomas Sumpter and director Regina Holley recommended the firm after meeting Brian K. Perkins at a meeting of the Council of Urban Boards of Education.  Mr. Sumpter was so dazzled by Mr. Perkins “unique skill set” that he did not even check his references before he was hired on a 5-4 vote. This is astonishing. Even parents who volunteer to read to kindergartners must undergo a background check.

In Setback for Hurting Districts, Pa. House GOP Ditches Plan to End Budget Impasse
Education Week StateEdWatch By Daarel Burnette II on December 7, 2015 1:41 PM
Pennsylvania House Republican leaders said this past weekend that they no longer support a plan many hoped would end a five-month budget stalemate that's forced the state's districts to take out millions of dollars in loans and cut longstanding after school programs to make up for the state revenue held up at the capitol.    The state's legislature has been at odds with its governor since June over how to pay down a ballooning pension plan and hand millions more to its school system. Without a 2015-16 spending plan, the state is holding up millions of state tax revenue from local districts across the state.    In the latest move, according to the Associated Press, House Republicans yesterday said they no longer support a plan earlier negotiated between the Democratic governor and Senate leaders that would spend $30.7 billion total and provide $350 million more to the state's public schools. (Here's a good explainer on Pennsylvania's school spending.) They instead support a much smaller spending plan and tax increase.

ESEA Reauthorization: Four Ways a New Law Would Differ From NCLB Waivers
Education Week Politics K-12 Blog By Alyson Klein on December 7, 2015 3:27 PM
The No Child Left Behind Act is about to get a much-delayed facelift. The bill to replace the pretty-much-universally despised NCLB law—the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA—already sailed through the House and is expected to coast through the Senate. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it (maybe even as soon as this week).  But for the 42 states and the District of Columbia with waivers from many of the law's mandates, NCLB has already been a thing of the past for a while, at least in some important ways. So ESSA would replace not NCLB Classic, but waivers.  So what would change for waiver states? Here are some biggies:
No more federally-mandated teacher evaluation through test scores. This is huge. Teacher evaluations that took student outcomes into account were the hardest part of waivers to implement. In fact, Washington state lost its waiver because it didn't include state scores in its evaluations.

The successor to No Child Left Behind has, it turns out, big problems of its own
Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss December 7 at 1:14 PM  
U.S. lawmakers always have reasons for what they do, so there must be one for why they didn’t make public the 1,059-page rewrite of the 2002 No Child Left Behind until a few days before Congress began voting on the compromise legislation last week. Could it be that they didn’t want critics to take too close a look?  The Every Student Succeeds Act is now expected to replace NCLB as the newest version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, an overarching law that defines federal involvement in K-12 education. The House passed it last week and the Senate is expected to pass it this week, with President Obama promising to sign it.
Finally, the No Child Left Behind era — which in fact left many children behind — will be over, and its successor is being hailed by some in the worlds of education, business, and public policy as a big step toward increasing educational opportunities for the nation’s students.  But anybody expecting the Every Student Succeeds Act to be a fix-all will be disappointed.   There are major problems with this legislation; anybody who thinks federal dictates have disappeared are in for a surprise, and anybody who would like to see the federal government exercise its power to fix systemic school funding problems and seriously broaden the scope of reform are in for a letdown, too.  Among the concerns that have been raised:
  • Use of federal funds for “Pay for Success” programs allow wealthy investors to make profits from education investments, an issue that has concerned some special education advocates.
  • States will be required to fund “equitable services” for children in private and religious schools who are deemed eligible, and they must appoint an “ombudsman” to make sure the schools get their money.
  • Provisions in the legislation for the establishment of teacher preparation academies are written to primarily support non-traditional, non-university programs such as those funded by venture philanthropists, and they lower standards for teacher education programs that prepare teachers for high-poverty schools.
  • The federal government still will have a say in some areas, such as mandating standardized tests and requiring states to intercede in schools where student test scores are in the lowest 5 percent and then approving the state plans for academic progress.

“Two decades of trying to make separate but equal work have been frustrating to a lot of school leaders, and so they’re looking for new approaches, and socioeconomic integration is one of the most powerful interventions available,” Kahlenberg said. “This study suggests that if we’re looking at academic achievement, socioeconomic integration is the more powerful lever, as opposed to racial integration.”
One way to boost achievement among poor kids? Make sure they have classmates who aren’t poor.
Washington Post By Emma Brown December 8 at 6:00 AM  
Race-based school integration plans helped boost black students’ achievement after Brown v. Board of Education, but those plans fell out of favor in recent decades as districts persuaded courts that they had moved beyond their separate-but-equal past.
The result in many places? A system of resegregated schools.
But in a small number of school districts, officials are trying a different approach, assigning children to school based in part on their family’s income. And when poor kids mix with richer kids in class, they tend to do better academically, especially in math, according to a new study of large North Carolina school districts that was published in the journal Urban Education.

"Perhaps the strongest case for a household full of print books came from a 2014 study published in the sociology journal Social Forces. Researchers measured the impact of the size of home libraries on the reading level of 15-year-old students across 42 nations, controlling for wealth, parents’ education and occupations, gender and the country’s gross national product.  After G.N.P., the quantity of books in one’s home was the most important predictorof reading performance. The greatest effect was seen in libraries of about 100 books, which resulted in approximately 1.5 extra years of grade-level reading performance. (Diminishing returns kick in at about 500 books, which is the equivalent of about 2.2 extra years of education.)"
Our (Bare) Shelves, Our Selves
New York Times By TEDDY WAYNE DECEMBER 5, 2015
When I was 13, in the early 1990s, I dug through my parents’ cache of vinyl records from the ’60s and ’70s. We still had a phonograph, so I played some of them, concentrating on the Beatles. Their bigger hits were inescapably familiar, but a number of their songs were new to me.  Were I a teenager in 2015, I may not have found “Lovely Rita” or acquired an early taste at all for the Liverpudlian lads. The albums stacked up next to the record player, in plain sight for years, would be invisible MP3s on a computer or phone that I didn’t own. Their proximal existence could have been altogether unknown to me.  S. Craig Watkins, a professor who studies the digital media behavior of young people in the department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin, said that he and his family almost exclusively stream music now in their home and that he and his wife stored their old CDs in a seldom-used cabinet. To his teenage daughter, “those CDs are, at best, background matter,” he said.

Education Bloggers Daily Highlights 12-8-15

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

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 www.nsba.org/advocacyinstitute 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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