Monthly Archives: April 2015

News and Action Summary for April 24, 2015

Download a pdf version of the April 24, 2015 News and Action Summary! News Summary 4-24-15

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News Posts, April 24, 2015

Here are news articles posted since the previous News and Action Summary: Giving the Local Economy a Boost: The Impact of Raising the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour by County Death Penalty Opposition Intensifies PA School Funding Lawsuit … Continue reading

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Newly Posted Resources—April 24, 2015

Here are the most recently posted resources available for individuals and congregations: Am I Eligible? Public Service Loan Forgiveness 101 State and Local Immigration: Toolkit for Action

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The Throwaways—April 25, Harrisburg

An award-winning film that “courageously explores the most pressing racial justice issue of our time: the mass incarceration and profiling of poor people of color” Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow” Free Public Screening: Saturday, April 25, 2015 … Continue reading

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Standardized Tests Distort Schooling: Experts Reflect on Authentic Learning

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/standardized-tests-distort-schooling-experts-reflect-on-authentic-learning/ Federal school policy these days is limiting what children study at school.  The tests mandated by No Child Left Behind, the federal testing law, measure students’ progress in language arts and math.  Students are also tested in … Continue reading

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PA School Funding Lawsuit Dismissed

From Education Voters of Pennsylvania (http://www.educationvoterspa.org/): We are disappointed that on Tuesday the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania dismissed the school funding lawsuit, citing that the courts have no role to play in ensuring that the state legislature adhere to the … Continue reading

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Students’ Race Affects How Teachers Judge Misbehavior, Study Says

Education Week Teacher “Racial disparities in school discipline are well-documented … A new study … aims to dig a little deeper into this by looking at how a student’s race may play into teachers’ reactions to discipline problems … Studies … Continue reading

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Urge PA Legislators to Keep Background Checks for Gun Purchases

From CeaseFirePA (http://www.ceasefirepa.org): The gun lobby in PA is determined not only to fight common sense policies to keep us safer but also to advance dangerous ideas that make it easier for guns to get into the wrong hands.  Once … Continue reading

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Giving the Local Economy a Boost: The Impact of Raising the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage to $10.10 Per Hour by County

Posted at http://keystoneresearch.org/countywageboost Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly are currently considering proposals to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage. This Policy Watch examines the local impact of a minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour.  On the right … Continue reading

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State and Local Immigration: Toolkit for Action

From the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (http://www.interfaithimmigration.org): Check out this toolkit on Immigration at the State and Local Level! As issues on immigration are jammed up in courts and won’t move in Congress this year, there are still many active fights … Continue reading

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