Monthly Archives: December 2013

News and Action Summary for December 19, 2013

Download a pdf version of the December 19, 2013 News and Action Summary! News Summary 12-19-13

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News Posts, December 19, 2013

Here are news articles posted since the previous News and Action Summary: Bernie Sanders Introduces The American Health Security Act Religious Community Chooses Nature Over Riches of a Natural Gas Lease Making Students Count: Action on Education Funding in Harrisburg … Continue reading

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Newly Posted Resources—December 19, 2013

Here are the most recently posted resources available for individuals and congregations: Resetting the Poverty Debate: State of States 2013

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Supporting Safe Schools: Reducing Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment—January 9, Webinar

From the Pennsylvania Dropout Prevention Network (http://succeedinpa.org): January 9th from 3pm-4pm This informational webinar will provide valuable insight on bullying policies and intervention strategies in Pennsylvania. Our speakers will provide updates on Pennsylvania’s efforts for data tracking and pending legislation … Continue reading

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Senate Committee Approves DPW Name Change Bill; Sets Stage for Final Vote in January

From the Campaign for What Works (http://whycutwhatworks.myfastsite.net/): House Bill 993 Gets Strong 9-2 Vote in Committee The drive to change the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services took an important step forward with … Continue reading

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Resetting the Poverty Debate: State of States 2013

From Half in Ten (http://halfinten.org/): Half in Ten releases new report and Half in Ten Education Fund launches a new interactive data website Today, Half in Ten released a brand new report titled Resetting the Poverty Debate: State of the … Continue reading

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Support Background Checks Legislation for Pennsylvania

From CeaseFirePA (http://www.ceasefirepa.org): This past weekend, Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth (just like Americans everywhere) gathered to observe the one-year mark of the Sandy Hook Tragedy.  On the eve of that solemn anniversary, we were horrified to learn of yet another … Continue reading

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Governor Corbett Prepares to Sign Child Protection Bills

From the Center for Children’s Justice (http://www.C4CJ.org): On Wednesday morning, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign a package of child protection bills that at least one media outlet referred to as a “down payment” on improved protections for … Continue reading

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Segregation, Poverty and Inequality: What Ravitch Calls the Toxic Mix At School

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/segregation-poverty-and-inequality-what-ravitch-calls-the-toxic-mix-at-school/ In her 2013 book, Reign of Error, education historian Diane Ravitch identifies what she believes are the factors that affect academic achievement: “Segregation is most concentrated in the nation’s cities.  Half of the more than sixteen hundred … Continue reading

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Little-Understood Emerging Realities in the Middle East: The Arab Spring, Democratization and Political Islam, and the New Paradigm in Israel/Palestine, Egypt and the Region—January 4, Lancaster

From Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness (http://www.lancasterinterchurchpeacewitness.org): Presentation: Attny Jonathan Kuttab & Beth Kuttab January 4, 2014 @ 8:30 AM Trinity Lutheran Church 31 S Duke Street, Lancaster, Fondersmith Auditorium (enter from Mifflin St.) Jonathan Kuttab, currently from Jerusalem and Washington DC, … Continue reading

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