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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 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 ( 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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