Friday, February 19, 2016

PA Ed Policy Roundup Feb 19: Turzai symbol of Harrisburg quagmire

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PA Ed Policy Roundup February 19, 2016:
Turzai symbol of Harrisburg quagmire



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"The deadline to register to vote for the April 26 primary is March 28.
The website, www.register.votesPA.com, directs voters to fill out a form that is then routed to the county in which they live and processed. First-time voters can use the website if they have a Department of Transportation-issued identification that has their signature. If not, they can fill out the form, print it, sign it, and mail it in.  The website also allows registered voters to update their information."
Pa.: 100,000 voters register online
Inquirer by-Angela Couloumbis Updated: FEBRUARY 18, 2016 — 6:57 PM EST
Pennsylvania election officials say nearly 100,000 residents have registered to vote through the state's new online registration system.  Since the state launched online registration last August, more than 97,800 people have opted to use the system over than the more traditional route of submitting a paper application, said Pedro Cortes, who heads up the Department of State which oversees elections.  About 60 percent were registering for the first time, and nearly two-thirds were voters under the age of 35, state officials said.  Given that it's a presidential election year, those numbers are only expected to increase, said Cortes.

"Speaker Turzai has been a strong voice against compromising with Gov. Tom Wolf to get a state budget passed, as he was with some of Gov. Tom Corbett's initiatives, including his transportation funding bill.  There's plenty of blame to go around when it comes to Harrisburg's failure to come to terms on some kind of budget compromise. I've laid it mostly on House Republican ideologues, including Turzai and the local GOP delegation. But that doesn't excuse the House Democrats who wouldn't give ground on public pensions and liquor control, both entirely legitimate priorities for Republicans, or some of Wolf's questionable negotiating tactics.  So Turzai isn't the only boogeyman in this disgraceful mess or in any number of other problems with the way things work and don't work in Harrisburg.  But he is one of the most influential obstacles to finding our way out."
Mike Turzai symbol of Harrisburg quagmire
Bill White Contact Reporter Morning Call February 18, 2016
"It was the most bizarre meeting I've ever been to in my life."
That's the version of the meeting from Deena Kenney, one of the parents who formed the group Campaign for Compassion to seek the legalization of medical marijuana to treat their children. She told me when they finally got a private meeting with House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, it quickly became apparent that he wasn't interested in what they had to say.  "He attacked us on pretty much everything we said," she said. "He went right in and started screaming at us. He was very emotional."  She said, "At one point he insulted one mother so bad, she stood up, called him a jerk and walked out on him."  I asked Turzai Tuesday for his side of this story. All he would say was that any discussion was about the facts of the bill, "and it was always right on point."

"So what’s the solution to avoid this in the future? Many have suggested voting out incumbents during the upcoming election cycle, but with usually fewer than 50 percent of registered voters performing their civic duty, many incumbents retain their jobs year after year.  The best way to ensure timely state budget passage is to affect the governor and legislators’ personal budgets. They should not be paid a cent starting July 1 until the budget is passed."
EDITORIAL: Pennsylvania governor, legislators need repercussions for not passing budget
Meadville Tribune Editorial February 17, 2016
Days have turned to weeks, and weeks have turned to months. Warm summer nights are long gone, as are cool autumn days spent preparing for the holiday season.  It’s now the middle of February, and the 2015-16 Pennsylvania state budget is more than seven months overdue.  What’s the cost? Locally, it led to Crawford County approving an as-needed loan agreement with ERIEBANK allowing the county to borrow up to $5 million for the rest of the 2015 calendar year to fund programs run by the county’s Human Services department, which are largely state-funded.  The county used $400,000 from that loan, which it has since been repaid. However, the county was charged a $20,000 fee to open the line of credit and $1,204 in interest, money it will not get back.  While Conneaut and Crawford Central school boards did not have to approve a loan to keep their schools open, PENNCREST School Board spent $6,000 to open a $5 million line of credit, which it didn’t have to use since emergency funds were released.  While $27,204 between the county and PENNCREST is a small percentage of multimillion dollar budgets, that is local money wasted because state legislators didn’t do their jobs.

Wolf's new budget a second chance to put kids first: Joan Benso
PennLive Op-Ed  By Joan Benso on February 18, 2016 at 11:48 AM
Joan Benso is president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a statewide children's advocacy organization.
While it seems like elected officials in Harrisburg can't reach consensus on much these days, there is one topic where agreement still can be achieved: Pennsylvania's children.  You might have missed it amidst all the ongoing budget wrangling, but there were some important victories for kids in recent months at the state Capitol.  In December, the House and Senate voted unanimously to send Gov. Tom Wolf legislation to reauthorize Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2017 and added an improvement in eligibility determination offered as an amendment by a House Republican.  The same month, we saw unanimous enactment of new law that can help foster youth find permanent families.  And just last year, we saw a bicameral, bipartisan commission partner with a new governor to develop a new formula to fund Pennsylvania's schools.   The arrival of a new budget season is a prime opportunity to build on these successes for kids and turn around Pennsylvania's lagging national standing as a kid-friendly state.

How does Wolf claim that no state tax increases mean local tax increases hold up?
By Chris Potter / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 18, 2016 8:31 AM
The claim: “In the last year alone, 83 school districts increased property taxes above the index because Harrisburg didn’t produce a responsible budget, and another 175 school districts are contemplating additional tax increases this year — for the same reason.”
Where it was made: During Gov. Tom Wolf’s Feb. 9, 2016 budget address
Why it matters: It supports a central argument Gov. Wolf makes on behalf of his state budget, which includes tax increases: Unless Harrisburg provides more school funding, residents end up paying more in local property taxes.
Rating: Mostly true
Analysis: “The index” Mr. Wolf refers to is a state-mandated ceiling on school tax hikes. Under Act 1 of 2006, the state Department of Education establishes an annual inflation index for each district. Raising taxes above that requires either a voter referendum or a state-granted exception, which are almost always sought to offset pension or special-education costs.
Mr. Wolf’s numbers are based on state Department of Education lists of exception requests, though his totals arguably overstate their prevalence.

Wolf makes funding push at York School
York Daily Record by Angie Mason, amason@ydr.com3:06 p.m. EST February 18, 2016
While in York, Wolf repeated a push for a state budget that addresses a looming deficit while increasing the state's investment in education.
After visiting classrooms at Alexander D. Goode School on Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf offered praise for efforts under way in the York City School District - things like an extended school day and a ninth grade academy.  "The proof is in the pudding. We're all looking for results," he said. But he sees better teacher morale and a sense of purpose and shared vision, he said, and he thinks the district will see improvement.  "We need to make sure they have the resources to keep moving," he said, as he repeated a push for a state budget that addresses a looming deficit while increasing the state's investment in education.  While speaking in the Goode library as part of his "Schools that Teach" tour, Wolf rehashed points he made during his budget address last week - that Pennsylvania is facing a "train wreck" if a looming $2 billion deficit isn't addressed, and that the state needs a budget that balances.

"That lack of compromise and even basic civility in government is part of the reason the men — each of whom is over the age of 60 — are walking away, they said.  “The art of compromise is dead,” said Mr. Harhai, 61, of Monessen, who has served 10 terms. “It’s a one-sided political environment and no matter who has that one side, it is not healthy. It’s just come down to money and redistricting.”
Three Democratic veterans in state House will retire
By Janice Crompton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 19, 2016 12:00 AM
Three local lawmakers have announced they will retire at the end of this year, taking with them 67 years of experience in the state Legislature.  And even worse than the loss of clout and institutional knowledge, one political expert observed that the retirement of state representatives Peter J. Daley, Ted Harhai and Nick Kotik will likely open the door to more political extremism and divisiveness in state government.  That’s because each of the men are socially conservative Democrats who often compromised and voted with their GOP counterparts.  Pennsylvanians tired of the nearly-nine-month state budget impasse should buckle up because the storm is far from over, said Joseph DiSarro, chairman of the political science department at Washington & Jefferson College.  “The page has been turned and what we have on the next page is probably a Legislature that is going to be devoid of conservative Democrats that were willing to vote with Republicans. Thus, we will have more of the same gridlock and less compromise,” Mr. DiSarro said. “This isn’t good for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania or its citizens. And more disturbing is those who come after will be far more ideological and more extreme and you will not have much flexibility.”

Spring-Ford mulls impact of extended state budget impasse
By Eric Devlin, The Mercury POSTED: 02/18/16, 6:07 PM EST
Royersford >> If the latest rumors are to be believed, Harrisburg’s failure to pass a budget could continue for another year, one Spring-Ford school official said recently. With that potential dark cloud hanging over their heads, the school board began discussing its negative impact on students and taxpayers.  During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, board Vice President Joe Ciresi said he’s heard that until a new General Assembly is seated in January 2017, it’s unlikely there will be any progress in breaking the eight-month-long budget impasse.  “I hope it is just a rumor that isn’t true,” he said. “That we won’t see a state budget until January of 2017, ‘til there’s a new House and Senate sat. And maybe there’ll be resolution, which will not help us and other districts. And there will be some districts that will go bankrupt in the meantime.”  Ciresi is currently campaigning for the Democrat nomination for state representative in the 146th House District.
In Spring-Ford, an extended budget impasse could lead to deep budget cuts. Things like extracurricular activities and similar educational programs could be among the first on the chopping block should the district struggle to find ways to make ends meet.

High court decision highlights need for major changes to Pennsylvania’s education funding system
Education Law Center of PA Feb. 17. 2016
Deborah Gordon Klehr, Executive Director of the Education Law Center-PA, issued the following statement in response to the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School vs. the School District of Philadelphia and the School Reform Commission.  The Court held that the General Assembly, in passing Act 46, which granted the SRC the power to suspend provisions of the School Code without any clear limitation, violated the non-delegation rule in the Pennsylvania Constitution. Specifically, under this ruling, the SRC is not able to suspend the charter school law to impose caps on charter school enrollment:

Did the state Supreme Court mortally wound Philly’s controversial School Reform Commission?
BillyPenn.com By Anna Orso February 18, 2016
Since the School Reform Commission was established in 2001 and Philadelphia schools became“the property and problem of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” the five-person board essentially had unfettered power to cancel portions of the school code and implement policies commissioners wanted, whether that was capping charter school expansion or canceling parts of teachers’ contracts.  Fifteen years after the board and its powers were established by the state legislature, the state Supreme Court essentially ruled that it has too much power.   “This kind of pulls the rug out from many of policies we have taken to try to improve the quality of education for children in Philadelphia,” SRC commissioner Bill Green lamented Tuesday toThe Notebook. “It will cost the district probably millions, if not tens of millions of dollars.”  While public school advocates have been long critical of the SRC, they have concerns with the court’s ruling. It does limit the powers of the commission, which was supposed to take over the school system and fix the financial problems that have plagued Philadelphia schools for years. In the last five years, some have complained the SRC has abused its power as commissioners canceled provisions in the state charter law and the school code to close schools faster, and withdrew some seniority protections for teachers. 

Hite troubled by SRC ruling but says, 'We have to abide'
Inquirer  by Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer. Updated: FEBRUARY 19, 2016 — 1:08 AM EST
Does the new reality handed him this week by the state Supreme Court trouble William R. Hite Jr.?  "Absolutely, I'm worried about what it means," the Philadelphia school superintendent said Thursday night of a court ruling this week striking down some of the special powers the School Reform Commission has used in times of crisis. "A lot of the tools that the governing body had have been removed."  The decision could affect how teachers are assigned, how schools are closed, and, most significant, how charter schools might grow.  Hite was clear that the district cannot fight the decision.  "It's the new law, and we have to abide by that," he said after Thursday's SRC meeting. But, he said, it's clear the court acknowledged that a fiscally distressed system like Philadelphia's needs tools to manage through crises.  The court flagged a flaw in the way the law was written, Hite said, and so a legislative fix is needed.  Unchecked charter growth would be disastrous for a district unable to say whether it will have enough cash to continue through the school year's end. But, Hite said, he took comfort that 78 of the district's 84 charters have signed pacts that include enrollment caps. Charter experts, however, have said that schools that signed caps solely because of pressure from the district might have legal standing to fight the limits.

Philly SRC votes to phase out two middle schools, not close immediately
WHYY Newsworks BY KEVIN MCCORRY FEBRUARY 19, 2016
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to phase out two chronically low-performing middle schools Thursday night.  While there was scant pushback about the closures themselves, some parents expressed concerns about the stress placed on the other schools that will be affected.  The SRC voted to gradually close Dimner Beeber middle school in West Philadelphia and Morris Leeds Middle school in the Northwest. All current students at both schools can remain in their buildings until matriculating into high school.

Philly City Council Members Darrell Clark, Jannie Blackwell and Helen Gym on the future of the SRC on @900amWURD. runtime 29:15

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Could Shake Up Philadelphia Schools
Education Week By Corey Mitchell on February 17, 2016 9:39 AM
UPDATED The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, which runs the city's public schools, does not have the authority to cap charter school enrollment in the district or cancel seniority provisions of the teachers' contract.
The ruling—which found that the commission does not have the power to cancel portions of the charter law and state school code—could ultimately affect how the commission manages school closings, teacher contracts, and decisions on charter schools.  School Reform Commission member Bill Green told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he thinks the panel "acted in good faith when it made those decisions based on what the written law was."  The decision could "require reshuffling of all teachers in the district" midyear because the commission has routinely bypassed seniority when making personnel decisions, Green told the newspaper.  Tuesday's decision stems from a case involving the West Philadelphia Charter School, which was fighting the district's charter enrollment caps.

PA: Philly School Commission Gets Spanked
Philly schools are, by any measure, a mess. And after almost two decades, they are a prime example of how badly state takeover districts fail.
Curmuducation Blog by Peter Greene Thursday, February 18, 2016
In the nineties, the school gave up lost local control in exchange for enough funding to survive. In 2001, the state installed the School Reform Commission, a board created by the legislature and  made out of politicians appointed at the state and city level. Of course, the advantage is that politically appointed boards know secrets to effectively running school districts that locally elected boards do not. Ha! Just kidding. Despite its insistence that it could do better, the SRC doesn't know a damn thing about running school systems-- but they have certainly learned a lot. And the states supreme court just delivered another lesson.  In the process of gaining an education, the SRC has managed to anger just about everybody on every side of the education debates. Their overwhelming concern became coming up with more money because, shockingly, it turns out you can't just reverse the effects of Pennsylvania's cockamamie inadequate funding system just by Tightening Your Belt and Being More Efficient. So the SRC went looking for money everywhere.

Council hearing paints grim picture of Philly schools
Inquirer by Julia Terruso, Staff Writer. Updated: FEBRUARY 19, 2016 — 5:11 AM EST
Philadelphia City Council's committees on children and youth, and education, held their first state-of-the-schools hearing Thursday and got a grim picture of an underfunded and ill-supported district.  Councilwoman Helen Gym said she wanted the hearing, along with three March community meetings, to provide priorities leading to budget season.  "We understand the School District has endured years and years of budget cuts," Gym said. "We're trying to understand the district's priorities, and how do they match up with student needs?"  Speakers included members from the immigrant community, nurses, counselors, education experts, and one representative of the district, Karyn Lynch, chief of student support services.

Old SAT to fade off into the sunset after Saturday testing
Intelligencer by Joan Hellyer, staff writer Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 4:30 am
Local students who wake up around dawn on Saturday to take the SAT exam will help usher out the end of an era for the college admissions test.  It will be the last time the College Board administers an exam that includes obscure vocabulary terms and tricky logic questions, said Stacy Caldwell, vice president of the nonprofit board’s SAT program.  A new version of the SAT, to be administered beginning in March, will focus more on what students need to know for college, work and life, according to Caldwell. “We believe these changes will benefit students and educators alike,” she added.  Not everyone agrees with that assessment because the new SAT that will test students’ mathematics, reading and writing skills is designed to correspond to the controversial Common Core Standards math and reading benchmarks. Most schools across the country, including those in Pennsylvania, have only just begun to implement the Common Core Standards.

"Think of all the additional money Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf seeks to throw down the rathole of the unionized educratic establishment"
Cheating charter schools: Gov. Wolf's dichotomy
BY THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, 8:55 p.m.
Think of all the additional money Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf seeks to throw down the rathole of the unionized educratic establishment as he misrepresents the fiscal facts on the ground. Think, too, of this governor's proposal, no doubt a sop to organized labor, to force charter schools to return to the respective school districts dollars not specifically spent on student instruction.  Privately run but publicly funded charter schools, just like their public school counterparts, maintain reserves to cover unexpected expenses or emergencies. Charter school advocates point to the current budget impasse as one of those emergencies.  But the Wolf administration argues that charters don't have the same fixed facility costs. Never mind that the numbers suggest that, collectively, public school reserves still far outpace those of the charters — $1.6 billion to $148 million at the end of the 2013-14 school year.  Gubernatorial spokeswoman Jeffrey Sheridan says the governor wants charter schools held to the same accountability standards as government schools. Wolf seeks a “reconciliation process to ensure districts are refunded the money they paid out but was not spent on students,” he says.  By that standard, Pennsylvania taxpayers are owed $1.6 billion. When can they expect the check, Governor?


Does this same issue apply in Pennsylvania?
Charter school demand in Mass. disputed
Waiting list totals can count students more than once
Boston Globe By James Vaznis GLOBE STAFF  APRIL 08, 2013
A state tally showing more than 53,000 students on charter school waiting lists is overstating demand, according to a Globe review of state data.  The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in tallying the waiting lists statewide and for many individual communities, including Boston, frequently counts the same students more than once.  That’s because the state simply adds up the waiting lists from each charter school without collecting individual names to learn whether a student appears on more than one list or, in fact, may be enrolled at another charter school.  Charter school leaders have been seizing on the large number of students on the waiting lists as evidence of soaring popularity for the schools and the need for more of them.  But critics note that as lawmakers debate legislation this spring to raise a state-imposed cap on the number of charter school seats in Boston and other cities, they will do so without a full picture of demand.

Senate committee schedules confirmation hearing for John King as education secretary
Washington Post By Emma Brown February 18 at 12:19 PM  
The Senate education committee plans to consider President Obama’s nominee for education secretary at a confirmation hearing at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25.  John King Jr. has been serving as acting secretary of education since his predecessor, Arne Duncan, stepped down at the end of 2015.  It had initially appeared that Obama would not formally nominate King, forgoing the confirmation process. But White House officials said they were encouraged by the bipartisan support that King has received so far.



PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATION POLICY FORUM
“Western Region Forum Series” – Thursday, February 25, 2016
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center – 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Continental Breakfast – 8:00 a.m. Program – 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
An Overview of the Proposed 2016-2017 State Budget and Education Issues Will Be Provided By:
Representative of The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
Statewide and Regional Perspectives Will Be Provided By:
Karina Chavez
, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education
Dr. Jeffrey Fuller
, Superintendent, Freedom Area School District
Cheryl Kleiman, Staff Attorney, Education Law Center
Nathan Mains, Executive Director, Pennsylvania School Boards Association
RSVP for the Pittsburgh forum by clicking here.
While there is no registration fee, seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

'Beyond Measure' to be shown Feb. 24 at Bucks County Community College
Bucks County Courier Times Joan Hellyer, staff writer Sunday, February 14, 2016 11:45 pm
The general public is invited to a free screening of "Beyond Measure," a documentary about education reform, on Feb. 24 at Bucks County Community College, organizers said.  The movie, from Vicki Abeles, director of the award-winning film "Race to Nowhere," begins at 7 p.m. in the Zlock Performing Arts Center on the BCCC campus at 275 Swamp Road in Newtown Township.
In "Beyond Measure," Abeles examines public schools across the country that are working to "create a more equitable, empowering, student-centered education culture from the ground up," event organizers said.  The college’s Department of Social and Behavioral Science, Future Teachers Organization, and Amy McIntyre, founder of the Council Rock Parents Facebook page, are sponsoring the free event.  Register online at tinyurl.com/BCCCBeyondMeasure. For more information call 215-504-8545 or send an email to Kate.DAuria@bucks.edu.

Blogger note: this conference is SOLD OUT
Attend the United Opt Out Conference in Philadelphia February 26-28
United Opt Out: The Movement to End Corporate Reform will hold its annual conference on Philadelphia from February 26-28.

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will host its Annual Budget Summit on Thursday, March 3, 2016 9:00 - 3:30 at the Hilton Harrisburg.
PA Budget and Policy Center website
Join us for an in-depth look at the Governor's 2016-17 budget proposal, including what it means for education, health and human services, and local communities. The Summit will focus on the leading issues facing the commonwealth in 2016, with workshops, lunch, and a legislative panel discussion.  Space is limited, so fill out the form below to reserve your spot at the Budget Summit.
Thursday, March 3, 2016 Hilton Hotel, Harrisburg Pennsylvania
The event is free, but PBPC welcomes donations of any size to help off-set costs.

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

PenSPRA's Annual Symposium, Friday April 8th in Shippensburg, PA
PenSPRA, or the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association, has developed a powerhouse line-up of speakers and topics for a captivating day of professional development in Shippensburg on April 8th. Learn to master data to defeat your critics, use stories to clarify your district's brand and take your social media efforts to the next level with a better understanding of metrics and the newest trends.  Join us the evening before the Symposium for a “Conversation with Colleagues” from 5 – 6 pm followed by a Networking Social Cocktail Hour from 6 – 8 pm.  Both the Symposium Friday and the social events on Thursday evening will be held at the Shippensburg University Conference Center. Snacks at the social hour, and Friday’s breakfast and lunch is included in your registration cost. $125 for PenSPRA members and $150 for non-members. Learn more about our speakers and topics and register today at this link:

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.

2016 PA Educational Leadership Summit July 24-26 State College
Summit Sponsors: PA Principals Association - PA Association of School Administrators - PA Association of Middle Level Educators - PA Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development 
The 2016 Educational Leadership Summit, co-sponsored by four leading Pennsylvania education associations, provides an excellent opportunity for school district administrative teams and instructional leaders to learn, share and plan together at a quality venue in "Happy Valley." 
Featuring Grant Lichtman, author of EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education, Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera (invited), and Dana Lightman, author of POWER Optimism: Enjoy the Life You Have... Create the Success You Want, keynote speakers, high quality breakout sessions, table talks on hot topics and district team planning and job alike sessions provides practical ideas that can be immediately reviewed and discussed at the summit before returning back to your district.   Register and pay by April 30, 2016 for the discounted "early bird" registration rate:

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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