Getting the Lead Out: Legislative, Financial and Local Initiatives Fight Childhood Lead Poisoning

Several years ago, a water crisis enveloped Flint, Michigan when, through a series of ill-advised bureaucratic and political decision making, lead and other contaminates poisoned the water.  The Flint experience led policymakers in Pennsylvania to closely examine our...

The “American Dream” is Out of Reach for Millions

For generations, most Americans believed that if they worked hard they could support their families, own a home, and, one day, have a pension to retire on ---- The American Dream.  Now, millions of Americans, many in Pennsylvania, have had that dream shattered. For...

Our Schools…Unsafe … Unhealthy … Unfit

Have we achieved Martin Luther King’s Dream? Every day, thousands of children in Pennsylvania and millions of children across the country are sent into schools that are unsafe, unhealthy, and unfit for learning.   Given this reality, have we achieved the dream...

Stay Prepared for Freezing Temperatures

Frigid temperatures have been brutal this season and it is important that all citizens familiarize themselves with ways to keep safe in this weather. Freezing pipes, loss of heat, and power outages can occur due to the below freezing temperatures being experienced...

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Hughes Statement on Scheduled School Reform Commission Vote

Philadelphia – November 16, 2017 – State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement concerning the scheduled vote to disband the School Reform Commission (SRC) and return control of the schools to local officials. Hughes was slated to speak at a PFT rally today to celebrate the end of the SRC. Hughes’s statement follows: “The move to disband
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Hughes Applauds Mayor Kenney’s Plan to End State Oversight of Phila. Public Schools

PHILADELPHIA, November 2, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement on Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s announcement that he will seek to end state oversight of the School District of Philadelphia: "I applaud Mayor's Kenney initiative in asking for the School Reform Commission members to vote to disband and return Philadelphia to a locally-controlled school board. I
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Lawmakers Applaud Measure Creating Trust Fund for Youth Impacted by Prison System

HARRISBURG, October 31, 2017 — A bipartisan group of state lawmakers and Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel applauded the passage of legislation to establish a public charitable trust to aid children impacted by the prison system and reverse the direction of youth who may be on a path leading to incarceration in Pennsylvania. The measure, authored by state
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Hughes: Legislation Addresses ‘Stop-and-Go’ Liquor, Fixes City AVI

HARRISBURG, October 24, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement on the passage of legislation that addresses problematic “stop and go” liquor businesses. The measure also establishes a fix for the city’s Actual Value Initiative (AVI) calculation which impacts future state funding for city schools. The provisions were included in the state’s Fiscal Code (House Bill
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Getting the Lead Out: Legislative, Financial and Local Initiatives Fight Childhood Lead Poisoning

Several years ago, a water crisis enveloped Flint, Michigan when, through a series of ill-advised bureaucratic and political decision making, lead and other contaminates poisoned the water. The Flint experience led policymakers in Pennsylvania to closely examine our water systems for lead infiltration. What we uncovered is very troubling. A February 2016 report found that Pennsylvania had at least 18
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