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Improving Education in Pennsylvania

(Aug 25, 2017)

Don't miss your opportunity to provide input into Pennsylvania's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. Read more

 

Upcoming Events for Seniors

(Aug 22, 2017)

I have these three upcoming events scheduled in the district for seniors. Read more

 

Helpful reminders for Back to School season

(Aug 17, 2017)

Here are some helpful back-to-school tips, along with start dates for area schools. Read more

 

Alzheimer's Planning, Living & Fighting, Oct. 5

(Aug 17, 2017)

My Alzheimer's Planning, Living & Fighting event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at Dormont Library, 2950 W. Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh. Read more

 

Senior Bus Tour to the Capitol, Oct. 23

(Aug 17, 2017)

My Senior Bus Tour to the Capitol will be on Monday, Oct. 23. Read more

 

Miller, Schlossberg to propose adding mental health, physical and developmental disabilities to school curriculum

(Jul 27, 2017)

MT. LEBANON, July 27 – As more students with disabilities or a mental health diagnosis are successfully integrated into public schools, state Reps. Dan Miller and Mike Schlossberg are planning legislation to add those topics to the health class curriculum. Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, and Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, want Pennsylvania school districts to educate students in an age-appropriate manner about mental health, physical disabilities and developmental disabilities in order to help break down barriers, both in school and beyond. “Our bill would require the Department of Education to create curriculum guidelines for health classes that provide a framework for positive discussion and increased understanding,” Miller said. “Our hope is that by guiding this discussion in a positive way at each level, we will help decrease stigma and support a true inclusion experience – where more and more students know someone with a diagnosis, they can support each other, and no one sits alone.” Schlossberg, who has been very public about his own successful fight against depression, said a key goal of the legislative effort is erasing stigmas associated with disabilities and mental illness. “Stigma isn’t just some abstract, icky feeling. It has concrete, long-term damaging effects on a person’s ability to learn, become employed and build long-lasting relationships,” Schlossberg said. “This legislation would give schools the Read more

 

Medicaid is our moral compass

(Jun 29, 2017)

Medicaid provides essential services and supports for almost 80 million people – or about one in four Americans. Here in Pennsylvania, it provides health care coverage for over 2.8 million people, including 1.2 million children – and half of all births! It helps over a half-million people receive mental health treatment and over 200,000 get substance abuse care. It covers over 700,000 Pennsylvanians with disabilities, including 55,000 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It sustains over 55,000 seniors in nursing homes – over 64 percent nationwide! – and helps our school districts with over $100 million annually in direct health and related services for our kids. In short, it provides help for those who need it the most, assuring services otherwise unattainable; it opens doors; cradles falls; and in many ways, is our measuring stick as a great society as to how we treat and value those who are less advantaged. It is our moral compass. Most likely almost every Pennsylvania family has relied on Medicaid in some way or another to care for a loved one, but may not realize its structure or understand the changes currently being discussed in Washington, D.C. Medicaid is a state and federal partnership which essentially splits the costs of services 50/50. In Pennsylvania, 40 percent of Medicaid spending goes to people with disabilities, 20 percent to seniors, and another 20 percent goes to low-income families. Those commitments have Read more

 

Summer/Fall 2017 Newsletter

(Jun 22, 2017)

My Summer/Fall 2017 newsletter is available online. Read more

 

Miller: End Lunch Shaming

(Jun 05, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Miller is fighting to eliminate lunch shaming from schools, where school administrators take away lunches from students, and in some cases publicly shame those children, because of overdue lunch fees. Read more

 

Legislators, hunger-fight leaders push Pa. 'lunch shaming' ban

(Jun 05, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – State legislators and leaders in the fight against hunger spoke at a Capitol news conference today about bipartisan legislation that would stop "lunch shaming" in Pennsylvania schools. The term includes a wide variety of practices by a school to embarrass a child whose family is behind on their lunch payments, such as: ordering cafeteria workers to throw away the hot lunches of children who owe money – "yes, this actually happens!" said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., the lead sponsor of the House bill to ban lunch shaming ( H.B. 1403 ); making the children work to pay off the debt; and publicly stigmatizing a student who cannot pay for a meal or who owes a meal debt by, for example, requiring that the child wear a wristband or hand stamp. "These things often result in children being humiliated and embarrassed in front of their peers. These things often result in tears. Of course we all want parents to stay current on their children's lunch accounts, but publicly shaming the child to collect that debt is shocking and completely unacceptable. And we need to help parents to apply if their kids qualify for free or reduced-price lunches," Bullock said. "Lunch shaming is counterproductive. It is cruel. And it only hurts a child's ability to learn. Under my bill, based on a recently enacted New Mexico law, these practices would be banned and schools would be required to direct Read more

 

Town hall meeting on tap May 30 at Mt. Lebanon Library

(May 23, 2017)

State Rep. Dan Miller is inviting 42nd Legislative District residents to his latest town hall meeting set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at the Mt. Lebanon Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh. Read more

 

Miller, injured police officer lead discussion on concussion bill

(May 18, 2017)

MT. LEBANON, May 18 – Joined by the Pennsylvania State Police trooper whose work history sparked the legislation, state Rep. Dan Miller today explained how his H.B. 1176 would protect the health of law enforcement officers by establishing a concussion and head injury protocol for them. At a news conference held at the Mt. Lebanon Public Safety Building, Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, was flanked by Trooper William J. “Bill” Feineigle Jr. and other supporters of the initiative, including state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny. “It is appropriate that we are discussing this bill during National Police Week, since our mutual goal is to protect law enforcement officers who suffer or who may have suffered a head impact or head injury while on the job,” Miller said. “The story of the man we call ‘Trooper Bill’ offers a compelling reason why this bill should become law.” Miller said that Feineigle, who currently works out of the Troop B station in Washington on limited-duty status in the Firearm and Tracking Unit, received two head injuries while on the job, a year apart, in 2002 and 2003. “He suffered from ‘second hit syndrome.’ He did not realize that he had the first injury, and after the second one he was put on light duty,” Miller said. “He spent two years in neurological rehab, and had to fight to get his job back afterwards.” Miller said because Feineigle couldn’t drive the Read more

 

Miller announces $925,801 in state traffic grants for Mt. Lebanon

(May 12, 2017)

MT. LEBANON, May 12 – Intersection improvements in three areas of Mt. Lebanon and traffic signal upgrades at 30 locations throughout the township will be funded by nearly $926,000 in state grants announced by state Rep. Dan Miller. “This significant state investment in Mt. Lebanon is a welcome development,” Miller said. “Although these grants require a 20 percent local match, which totals about $231,500, state funding will cover 80 percent of the cost of these important advancements to aid traffic flow.” Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, said the Green Light-Go Municipal Signal Partnership Program is supplying funding for these amounts and purposes: • $152,489 for intersection improvements along Castle Shannon Boulevard at Anawanda Street. • $363,520 for traffic signal upgrades at 30 intersections within Mt. Lebanon Township. • $178,760 for intersection improvements along Cedar Boulevard at Greenhurst Drive. • $231,032 for Intersection Improvements along Bower Hill Road at Kelso Road. Keith A. McGill, Mt. Lebanon’s municipal manager, said the funding will provide for installation of radar detection, battery back-up power supply, and/or new traffic controllers at several intersections. He said it will also go toward replacing signal equipment at the aforementioned three intersections. “This is great news. These projects have been in our Capital Improvement Plan for a number of years but we have previously not Read more

 

Pa. charter school reform bills' goal: Treat all public schools equally

(Apr 19, 2017)

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

 

Miller to introduce legislation regarding law enforcement concussion protocol

(Apr 10, 2017)

MT. LEBANON, April 10 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, announced that he will introduce a bill that would require the Pennsylvania State Police, in coordination with other interested groups, to establish a concussion protocol to be used for all law enforcement officers. Once introduced, the bill will become H.B. 1176. Miller is partnering with state Reps. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, and Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks, as main sponsors of the bill. He is currently inviting other representatives to sign on as co-sponsors. The bill would direct the Pennsylvania State Police, in consultation with the Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association, union representatives of law enforcement officers, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and appropriate state agencies that have expertise in the area of traumatic brain injury, to develop a concussion protocol which will be used by all police departments to protect a law enforcement officer who suffers or who may have suffered a head impact or head injury while on the job. “This legislation recognizes the physical risks inherent with a career in law enforcement,” Miller said. “Injuries, assaults and crashes are just part of the job and concussion symptoms can be easily missed. Officers protect the public every day, and we have to be sure to cover them and their families when injuries like these occur. Documentation is key.” When the bill is introduced, it will be assigned to a House committee for Read more

 

Miller to host 4th annual Children and Youth Disability and Mental Health Summit

(Mar 09, 2017)

MT. LEBANON, March 9 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, announced today he will host his fourth annual Children and Youth Disability and Mental Health Summit in Pittsburgh on March 22, 23 and 24 at Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Due to the event’s overwhelming popularity, the summit has expanded from two to three days. The Support Services Resource fair will be open on March 22 and 23, and the Employment & Transition Resource Fair on March 24. Additionally, the summit will offer more than 30 hours of informative workshops and breakout sessions. "We will again be combining the traditional resource fair event with seminars over all three days on a variety of current and critical topics in the fields of disability and mental health that can provide important information and open discussions on topics that will benefit parents, young adults, and professionals alike," Miller said. "Continuing education credits will be offered for professionals including lawyers, teachers and social workers." Miller is partnering with The PEAL Center and its 11th annual Inclusion Conference on Wednesday. Keynote speaker Sue Swenson, the president-elect of Inclusion International, served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. Ted Dallas, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, will open Thursday's program at 9 a.m. with his keynote address. Thursday's program concludes with the third Read more

 

Email archive

(Jan 13, 2017)

Rep. Miller's e-mail archive. Read more

 

Miller Holds Unity Rally

(Dec 18, 2016)

After a handful of racial incidents in the Mt. Lebanon area, Pa. State Rep. Dan Miller brought together neighbors and community leaders for a Rally for Unity. Hundreds of people gathered at Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center to let everyone know they stand for the shared values of inclusion and acceptance. Read more

 

Miller: Area leaders, groups flocking to Dec. 18 Unity Rally in Mt. Lebanon

(Dec 13, 2016)

State Rep. Dan Miller reports that over three dozen community organizations, groups and leaders have signed on to partner in a Unity Rally at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Mt. Lebanon Rec Center Plaza at 900 Cedar Blvd. Read more

 

Unity rally to highlight values of inclusion and acceptance

(Dec 07, 2016)

Calling on the community to come together in a show of inclusion and acceptance, state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, announced today that his office will host a Rally for Unity at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Mt. Lebanon Rec Center Plaza, 900 Cedar Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Miller will be joined by the Mt. Lebanon School District and municipality, as well as many local religious groups, community organizations and elected officials. Read more