Pennsylvania awaits first look at court's congressional map
AP State Wire By MARC LEVY Published: Today
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's high court is on the cusp Monday of imposing a new congressional district map to take effect for the state's 2018 elections, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats and boosting the party's quest to capture control of the U.S. House. Monday is the state Supreme Court's self-imposed deadline to unveil new district boundaries, replacing the 6-year-old boundaries the court struck down in a gerrymandering lawsuit last month. New boundaries for Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts are to take effect starting in the May 15 primary and could make substantial changes to a map widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered. The redrawn map also could dramatically change the face of Pennsylvania's predominantly Republican, all-male delegation. Meanwhile, sitting congressmen, dozens of would-be candidates and millions of voters will have to sort out which district they live in barely a month before the deadline to submit paperwork to run.
Outside expert advises Pa. Supreme Court in drawing congressional district map
By Lindsay Lazarski, WHYY February 18, 2018
In a decision that could have national political ramifications, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected to decide Monday where Pennsylvania’s congressional boundaries will fall for the next two election cycles. To advise the court, the justices enlisted Nathaniel Persily, a redistricting expert and Stanford Law professor, who suddenly has a lot of sway over Pennsylvania’s political future. “Since over 85 percent of our elections are not competitive in the general election, how we choose to divide up our constituencies often can be more important than who wins at the ballot box,” said Persily in a 2016 video about the consequences of redistricting.
“Children are dying from gun violence and Congress is failing to act. Every one of our 100 U.S. senators, and all 435 U.S. representatives bear a responsibility to take meaningful action to protect our children, our families, and our communities. Our elected leaders cannot continue to fail at this most essential task.”
American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida
2/15/2018 By: Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics
Editorial: Thoughts and prayers are no longer enough
Delco Times POSTED: 02/17/18, 10:19 PM EST
It is the standard response every time we reel from one more mass shooting. “Thoughts and prayers.” We do not mean to lessen the pain or intrude on the mourning seeping out from the walls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Our hearts ache for one more slaughter of the innocents. But the truth is thoughts and prayers are no longer enough. We are tired of hearing about these mass shootings. We are tired of reporting them. We are tired of counting the dead and wounded. All while waiting for something to be done. Because the truth is nothing is going to be done. Nothing is going to change.
What Congress Has Accomplished Since the (2012) Sandy Hook Massacre
New York Times BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD FEB. 15, 2018
Once again, Americans are facing a tragedy involving guns. This time, at least 17 people were killed during an attack at a Florida high school Wednesday. More than five years have passed since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed. In that time, dozens of gun control proposals have been introduced in Congress attempting to fix glaring issues with gun safety and regulation. More than 1,600 mass shootings have taken place in America since then. Here is a guide to what Congress has — or, more accurately, has not — accomplished during this time.
Trib Live by DEBRA ERDLEY | Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 5:18 p.m.
By John W. Schoen | @johnwschoen Published 11:07 AM ET Thu, 15 Feb 2018 Updated 11:19 AM ET Thu, 15 Feb 2018 CNBC.com
Commonwealth Court Hearing on Legislative leaders motions to Dismiss the Wm Penn SD challenge to state funding.
Before the Court en banc sitting in Court Room No. 1 Ninth Floor, Widener Building, 1339 Chestnut Street, One South Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Learn the latest news, initiatives and upcoming events from your association.
Bring knowledge back to your district of how the commonwealth budget will fiscally impact it. Discuss the top legislative issues affecting public education. Learn how you can advocate for your school district taxpayers, students and public education success.
Enjoy productive conversation with your school leader colleagues. Boost your network, share your experiences and build a stronger voice for public education.
This focus group is your opportunity to share your input in drafting a blueprint for the future of public education. The Commonwealth Education Blueprint is a multiyear effort founded and managed by PSBA to develop and implement a statewide vision for the future of public education. Through this comprehensive project, education stakeholders from across the state and from many areas of expertise are coming together to proactively determine what education should look like in years to come. Having a clear and comprehensive statewide vision will ensure that we provide an increasingly excellent public education experience for children. This is your opportunity to get involved, share your feedback, and help draft the plan for the future of education!
Registration is now open for the 2018 PASA Education Congress! State College, PA, March 19-20, 2018
Don't miss this marquee event for Pennsylvania school leaders at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA, March 19-20, 2018.
Learn more by visiting http://www.pasa-net.org/2018edcongress
Visits with legislators will be conducted earlier in the day. More information will be sent via email, shared in our publications and posted on our website closer to the event.