Chester County League Installs New Officers for 2016-17

The Chester County League of Women Voters congratulates our new officers and directors for 2016-17!

Front row (left to right):  Suzanne Almeida, Esquire (PALWV Executive Director), Sarah Caspar (Director), Alma Forsyth (Director), Jennifer Levy-Tatum, Esquire (President), Dr. Pamela Gray (First Vice-President), Carole Mackrell (Treasurer).

Back row (left to right): Patricia Horrocks (Director), Susan Carty (Director, Immediate Past President), Valerie Thomas (Secretary), Carol Kuniholm (Director)

LWV Officers

PA Department of Education Releases Implementation Guidelines for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

On  April 12  Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera provided testimony to both House and Senate Education Committees on the implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in PA (highlights of Secretary Rivera’s ESSATestimony)

The April hearing was the second joint Education Committee hearing concerning ESSA. The first, held on March 14, featured Lee Posey, Education Federal Affairs Counsel for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), who provided an overview of Pennsylvania’s responsibilities under the new federal law.

For a list of individuals participating in workgroups, view: ESSA Work Group Rosters

Your League Needs Your Help – Renew, Join or Donate Today!

The League of Women Voters of Chester County is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to serve the local community by promoting informed active citizen participation in government and by acting on selected governmental issues.

YOUR League needs YOUR help in continuing to provide the follow services:

  • Grassroots Advocacy to Encourage Reforms (Criminal Justice, Education, Redistricting, Campaign Finance)
  • Forging Community Partnerships
  • Voter Education/Registration Events
  • Candidate Forums/Debates

Please renew, join or donate TODAY by printing and mailing LWV ANNUAL  or online at:http://lwvccpa.org/join-us/

PA Primary Election Day, Tuesday, April 26, 2016: Polls Open 7 AM -8 PM

Simply enter your address at  http://www.vote411.org/ to find your polling place, build your ballot and much more!

With the League’s  voters’ guide you can see the races on your ballot, compare candidates’ positions side-by-side, and print out a “ballot” indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.

 

Chester County Voter Services: http://www.chesco.org/156/Voter-Services

 

Governor Wolf Allows 15-16 Budget to Pass Without Signature, Will Veto Fiscal Code

This week, Governor Tom Wolf announced that he would let the Republican-sponsored 2015-2016 budget, House Bill 1801, become law without his signature, stating  “This will allow for funding to go out to schools and other services in the short term, but we still face enormous problems that this budget does not even pretend to address.”

The bill will become effective on March 27.  The governor also indicated his intention to veto House Bill 1327, companion legislation to amend the Fiscal Code to provide for distribution of the 2015-16 basic education subsidy funds under a new funding formula and address PlanCon reimbursement for school construction projects.  With no Fiscal code,  the money appropriated under House Bill 1801 will be directed out in a manner and time determined by the administration. It is reported that schools will begin receiving funds in the coming weeks.

The PA House and Senate reconvene on Monday, April 4th.

For more: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wolf-to-allow-republican-budget-to-become-law-warns-of-looming-crisis/

and

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160324_Wolf_relents_on_budget__ends_historic_impasse.html#6Iy8jhIHJq0ydOHt.99

 

State Budget Hearings on Education Funding, Tuesday March 8

Make your voice heard on March 8 – call your legislators to ask for fair funding for every student in PA.

Senate Appropriations Committee, 10 AM, Capitol Complex, North Office Building, Hearing Room 1

Streaming links/details posted closer to date at: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/cms/index.cfm?chamber=S

House Appropriations Committee, 1:30 PM, Main Capitol Building, Room 1  

Streaming links/details posted closer to date at: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/cms/index.cfm?chamber=H

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding will hold a press conference in Harrisburg on March 8 at 1:30 PM.  More information at www.fairfundingpa.org