With a scant 10 days remaining before the June 30 budget deadline, a Republican lobbying firm is leading the charge for a massive expansion of gambling and the top House Republican appears open to the idea. House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, who opposed the 2004 law that brought slots to Pennsylvania and the 2009 law that legalized table games, says he might support a bill that allows online gambling, The Tribune-Review reported over the weekend. The push is being led by GOP-leaning lobbying firm Maverick Strategies. Turzai's former chief of staff, Krystjan Callahan, is at the front of it. Turzai is a client of the firm run by longtime GOP strategist Ray Zaborney, The Trib reported.
Post Gazette By Tricia L. Nadolny / Philly.com June 20, 2016 12:00 AM
Lily Holland teaches second grade in the Boston Public Schools. She wrote the following post as part of a coordinated event last week sponsored by the Massachusetts Teachers Association in which educators, parents and others took actions to show support for traditional public schools and opposition to expanding charter schools in the state. Dozens of communities, for example, passed resolutions opposing lifting the cap that now exists on charters as part of the dedicated week. Holland wrote the following piece to give voice to a group rarely heard from: second graders. A version of this appeared on the blog of Defending the Early Years, which seeks to rally educators to take action on policies that affect the education of young children. I have permission to republish.
PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATION POLICY FORUM Thursday, June 23, 2016
Dr. Lee Burket, Director, Bureau of Career & Technical Education, PA Department of Education
Jackie Cullen, Executive Director, PA Association of Career & Technical Administrators
Dr. William Kerr, Superintendent, Norwin School District
Laura Fisher, Senior Vice President - Workforce & Special Projects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
James Denova, Vice President, Benedum Foundation