HARRISBURG, April 19 – House Democrats today unveiled a package of eight charter school reform bills designed to treat all Pennsylvania public schools – both traditional and charter – and their students equally under law. "I am hopeful we can pull together bipartisan support for these bills that improve efficiencies and accountability, which means that there will be more money available for education. Providing high-quality education to all Pennsylvania students should be the ultimate goal of our educational system," said Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, has introduced a bill ( H.B. 1199 ) that would end conflicts of interest in tax-funded payments for charter school leases. "The auditor general's office has identified millions of dollars in questionable charter school leases. We need to prevent these conflicts of interest up front, and we need to recover taxpayers' money to benefit students when there has been an inappropriate payment for one of these leases. Every dollar that goes to an inappropriate lease is a dollar that doesn't go to educate our kids," Roebuck said. Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne, introduced a bill ( H.B. 1198 ) that would bring charter schools in line with school districts by imposing limits on the surpluses that charter schools may accumulate. "My legislation Read more
Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter thanks the House of Representatives for their unanimous support for his resolution designating the week of April 22 through 29, 2017, as "Earth Week" in Pennsylvania. McCarter implores everyone to not turn their back on the scientific evidence of the danger that imperils our planet. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, will soon introduce legislation to include charter schools in the teacher evaluation system used for all other public school educators. Pennsylvania adopted a system of educator evaluation in 2011 that requires the combination of a structured observation system and various pieces of student performance data be used to calculate ratings for teachers, principals and other professional staff members. However, charter schools are currently not required to use the system. “We want effective, high-quality teaching for all of our students, regardless of what type of school they attend. So why wouldn’t we evaluate teachers in the same way at all schools?” McCarter said. “This bill will ensure that we’re using the same system to assess the instruction all of our public school students are receiving on a daily basis.” The legislation would require that charter schools and cyber charter schools use the same evaluation system as other public schools starting in the 2018-19 school year. McCarter said charter schools and traditional public schools should be treated equally under law since both receive tax dollars and both are considered public schools under Pennsylvania law. Read more
RSVP for Rep. McCarter's 2017 Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at Glenside Memorial Hall to learn more about legislative and budget-related news and to ask any questions you may have. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter says Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a common sense plan that makes smart choices to streamline government without compromising services to citizens or raising taxes on the middle class. The next step is the House closely examining the plan in public hearings. Read more
GLENSIDE, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Steve McCarter will hold extended office hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Wednesday, March 22 in his district office at 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8. The extended hours will give constituents the opportunity to meet with staff after normal business hours for help with property tax/rent rebates, SEPTA Senior Key ID cards, birth and death certificates, PACE, the state's prescription assistance program for seniors, Transportation Department problems and other state government-related issues. U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle’s office, which is in the same building in Suite 1, will also hold extended office hours on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Wednesday, March 22. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., his staff will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns involving the federal government such as veterans’ benefits, federal student loans, Social Security and Medicare, passports and visas, and IRS issues. No appointments are necessary. Those interested should contact McCarter’s district office staff with any questions at (215) 572-5210. Read more
Citing the very real threat posed by climate change, state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, was joined today by legislators and advocacy groups to announce the formation of the bicameral Climate Caucus. Read more
State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, invites constituents of the 154th Legislative District to a winter open house from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at his district office, 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite #8, Glenside, PA 19038 to discover what state services can help them. Read more
It's important to remember that there are those in our community who still struggle to put food on the table and provide gifts for their children during the holiday season. Find out how you can help. Read more
State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly on Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic:
"We are in the grip of an escalating crisis in Pennsylvania. Last year, nearly 3,400 drug-related overdose deaths were reported in the Commonwealth—an increase of nearly 25 percent from just the previous year. Heroin and opioid addiction and overdose are now the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, surpassing even motor vehicle accidents.
Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee for a public hearing on the growing problems of our crumbling water and sewer infrastructure. McCarter says this is a local and national issue plaguing many municipalities with everything from deteriorating water and sewer pipes to crumbling bridges and roadways with difficult long-term solutions.
State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Curtis Hall to discuss national and statewide infrastructure issues, including water and sewer infrastructure needs in Montgomery County. Read more
State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, was joined by an abundance of community members and local, state and federal elected officials today in designating the bridge at the Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station the Honorable Lawrence H. Curry Bridge in honor of former state Rep. Larry Curry, who served the 154th Legislative District with intelligence and equanimity for 20 years until his retirement in 2012. Read more
State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, announced today that he will be joined by multiple local, state and federal officials at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station to dedicate the Greenwood Avenue Bridge, which connects Cheltenham and Jenkintown, as the Honorable Lawrence H. Curry Bridge. The bridge dedication was made official by an act of the legislature and the approval of Gov. Tom Wolf. Read more
State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, announced today that 12 local fire and EMS companies are receiving over $150,000 in state grants. Read more
The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing in Harrisburg to learn more about clean energy in the Commonwealth, the growing role it plays in keeping the lights on and how to stimulate job growth along with it. Read more
With testimony presented from multiple industry experts, the House Democratic Policy Committee today held a public hearing at the Capitol on the benefit Pennsylvania’s economy could see by implementing clean-energy jobs. Read more
State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf announced his executive order prohibiting discrimination by state contractors against people who are lesbian, gay bisexual or transgender:
“I applaud Governor Tom Wolf for his decision to move forward and take positive action against sexual orientation and gender discrimination that is, frankly, an embarrassment to our state. By signing this executive order, Governor Wolf is attempting to lead from the front and set the right example that the legislature would be wise to follow.
HARRISBURG, April 6 – House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the committee will hold a public hearing hosted by state Reps. Steve McCarter, Mary Jo Daley and Leanne Krueger-Braneky on clean-energy jobs. The hearing will be held 10 a.m. Monday, April 11 in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg. The current hearing agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. John Quigley , secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection 10:30 a.m. Panel One: Liz Robinson , executive director, Energy Coordinating Agency Ken MacDougal , director of business development, National Electrical Contractors Association – PA-DE-NJ Chapter Nancy Mifflin , Mid-Atlantic regional coordinator, American Association from Blacks in Energy Ron Celentano , president, Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association 11:10 a.m. Panel Two: Kate Ringness , program manager, The American Jobs Project Eric Miller , policy counsel, Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance Khari Mosely , Pennsylvania regional programs manager, BlueGreen Alliance 11:40 a.m. Closing Remarks The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited. Read more
In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter discusses the importance of new legislation aimed at protecting Pennsylvanians from potential lead contamination from aging paint and water pipes.
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