Ravenstahl joins House in unanimous vote on police bills

(Jun 24, 2020)

Bills would increase training, expand background checks Read more

 

Allegheny County heads into the green zone

(Jun 01, 2020)

I hope you had a good weekend and this message finds you safe. As you no doubt have heard, Allegheny County is headed toward ‘green’ status this week. This is good news – we can finally start returning to some semblance of normal. Like many of you, I have been frustrated with the virus and the state’s response. Read more

 

Ravenstahl votes to support Senior Protection Act

(May 20, 2020)

Bill would use $500M in federal funds to tackle coronavirus in nursing homes Read more

 

Ravenstahl, lawmakers ask Gov. Wolf to revise guidelines for restaurants

(May 18, 2020)

Letter asks governor to allow for outdoor seating as summer approaches Read more

 

Letter to Gov. Wolf from liquor committee

(May 18, 2020)

Letter urges Wolf to allow for outdoor seating Read more

 

Ravenstahl co-sponsors bill to help small business, nonprofits weather COVID storm

(May 14, 2020)

Legislation introduced this week would inject $100m into existing state loan program Read more

 

Ravenstahl: Socially distanced school commencements difficult, but right choice

(May 07, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, May 7 – As the continuing coronavirus crisis upends many aspects of our society and traditions, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, said today he supports the North Hills and Northgate school districts’ difficult decisions to hold socially distant commencements for seniors. “These trying times have forced all of us to make difficult decisions, have upended many things we take for granted, and have broken many of our cherished traditions. I know how much our seniors – and their families -- were looking forward to their end-of-school celebrations. But, as this deadly virus continues to spread through our communities, we must put public and student safety first,” Ravenstahl said. “After consulting with both Northgate and North Hills administrations, I appreciate the difficult decision they have had to make, and I support them. “Unfortunately, we are in a situation where there are no right answers. There is no playbook for how to hold a commencement ceremony in a viral pandemic. I appreciate the hard work of all of our educators, administrators and staff, and I know that they are doing the best they can for their students, many of whom they look upon almost as family members. And while I wish that our senior could have had a normal year, I know that they will rise to the challenges of today, will emerge stronger for it and be ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.” While Read more

 

2020 AC Fire/EMS allocations update

(May 07, 2020)

More than $1.6 million in annual training and equipment grants is or has been sent to almost 130 Allegheny County volunteer fire and EMS companies Read more

 

Ravenstahl urges local governments to apply for emergency federal funding

(May 06, 2020)

Federal funding can be used for programs related to homelessness Read more

 

Ravenstahl votes to expand COVID-19 testing as state heads back to work

(May 05, 2020)

Legislation critical to ensuring public safety and stopping the spread of coronavirus Read more

 

Ravenstahl votes with working families, helps protect stimulus payments from taxes

(May 04, 2020)

Legislation passed today would exempt stimulus checks, federal loans from state and local taxes Read more

 

Column: Crisis shows where we must do better for workers, families

(Apr 24, 2020)

Eventually, this crisis will end, and it will be up to us to decide how to move forward. Read more

 

Ravenstahl: PDE equity grants will help schools, including Northgate, continue education

(Apr 22, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, APRIL 22 – Today, the state Department of Education awarded its first round of equity grants to assist school districts with bridging gaps in technology to allow for remote learning in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, announced. “I’m encouraged that the Department of Education was able to get this funding flowing to our school districts quickly to help them address the critical needs they have for technology as they try to continue to educate students in this unprecedented time,” Ravenstahl said. “Now, more than ever, we need to be looking at ways to give our hardworking teachers and educators the tools and resources they need to ensure that our children are not left behind.” The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used towards providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentage of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. Locally, school districts awarded grants included an $9,537 grant to Northgate School District. As the coronavirus crisis unfolded, Ravenstahl was among the legislators who moved early to address the needs of teachers, educators and students by proposing legislation to give PDE the legal flexibility it needed to respond to the crisis. Ravenstahl’s Read more

 

Urging Safe Food Purchasing Options for SNAP Recipients

(Apr 21, 2020)

Legislators urge state to address serious challenges to the public health regarding the SNAP program Read more

 

Ravenstahl: Essential workers deserve essential protections

(Apr 09, 2020)

Legislator proposes bill ensuring women and men on front lines of COVID crisis have resources if sickened Read more

 

PA Funding from federal stimulus

(Apr 03, 2020)

A breakdown of federal funding for Pennsylvanians from U.S. Sen. Casey's office Read more

 

First responder aid bill has Ravenstahl’s support

(Mar 31, 2020)

Bill would provide grants to fire, EMS companies to help with ongoing crisis Read more

 

Ravenstahl: House approves coronavirus education bill

(Mar 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 25 – As the state continues to respond to the evolving coronavirus crisis, the Pennsylvania House today voted to approve an education bill that would allow the Pennsylvania Department of Education to adapt to the crisis. Included in the bill was an idea proposed by state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, last week, which would lift the existing five-day cap on flexible instruction days for the duration of the emergency. “As we adjust to this new reality, it is clear that it could be a question of if, not when, in-classroom education recommences in Pennsylvania,” Ravenstahl said. “Thankfully, last year Act 64 allowed the state Department of Education to initiate a limited flexible instruction day program prior to this crisis. “I want to thank my fellow lawmakers for including this language in today’s legislation,” Ravenstahl said. “The sooner we can open this program up, the sooner that educators, schools and the state Department of Education can start responding to this ongoing situation and work together to find a system that benefits the students of Pennsylvania.” In addition to lifting the cap on flexible instruction days, the bill would ensure that school funding remain level and give PDE the option of canceling public school, waiving the 180-days-of-school requirement, and applying for waivers of federal testing requirements and other measures. Read more

 

The world has changed a lot in the last few weeks

(Mar 24, 2020)

A column to the people of the Pittsburgh region. Read more

 

Ravenstahl proposes legislation to extend flexible instruction days for schools

(Mar 19, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, March 19 – With schools in Pennsylvania closed for at least two weeks due to the evolving coronavirus crisis, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, has proposed legislation to extend the state’s flexible instruction program to provide schools with the tools they need to educate the children of Pennsylvania in the face of an unprecedented crisis. “As we adjust to this new reality, it is clear that it could be a question of if, not when, in-classroom education recommences in Pennsylvania,” Ravenstahl said. “Thankfully, last year Act 64 allowed the state Department of Education to initiate a limited flexible instruction day program prior to this crisis. I believe that that program – currently in its infancy – could be a useful tool in furthering the education of our students now and in future emergencies.” Under the existing law, flexible instruction days, created primarily to address snow emergencies, may be online, offline, or a combination of the two. Schools are also only permitted to have five days per year and their plans for flexible instruction days must be approved by no later than Sept. 1 of each year. Ravenstahl’s legislation would waive the Sept. 1 requirement, allowing the Department of Education to review and approve programs at any time, and would allow the secretary of education to lift the five-day cap in the event of a declared emergency. Read more