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Roebuck hosting free Oct. 21 document shredding event

(Oct 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., invites west Philadelphia residents to a free document shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21 at his district office, 4712 Baltimore Ave. "This will help people to protect themselves from identity theft by safely disposing of unneeded documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, bank or credit card account numbers, credit card applications, canceled or unused checks, insurance and income tax records and pension information," Roebuck said. "Please don't bring digital or electronic media, such as computer disks, CDs or DVDs," Roebuck added. For more information, those interested can call Roebuck's office at 215-724-2227. ### Read more

 

Roebuck: New rules for Pa. notaries take effect Oct. 26

(Sep 21, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., said Pennsylvania's rules for notary publics are undergoing major changes beginning Oct. 26. The changes are identified in Act 67 of 2013, known as the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts, or RULONA. The changes affect everything from educational requirements to permitted duties of a notary to eligibility, journals and approved methods of identification and even the official notary stamp. Roebuck said detailed information is available by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of State's website at www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/Notaries/ and clicking "What to Know About RULONA." The department's RULONA page has a summary of all the changes and a list of RULONA-compliant education courses. Roebuck said the biggest changes include: Education: All applicants, including current notaries up for reappointment, must complete a course within the six months immediately preceding the application and provide proof of certification, including those who were previously grandfathered in to avoid the requirement. Examination: All applicants without a current, valid commission must take an exam administered by Pearson VUE. This includes those who previously held a commission but is no longer valid. Eligibility: Must be at least age 18 and a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident; have completed the three hours of approved notary education; and pass an examination if the applicant does Read more

 

PLBC visits Cheyney University to celebrate HBCU week

(Sep 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Joran Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, visited Cheyney University this week to celebrate National Historically Black College and University week. Harris and several members of the PLBC were joined by Congressman Dwight Evans to discuss the importance of HBCUs in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. “It was a pleasure to join my colleagues and speak with Cheyney University students about the role that HBCUs play in our nation,” Harris said. “Cheyney University is much more than a place we send our students to learn. For 180 years, Cheyney has prepared students of color to successfully take on the world. We must ensure that it continues to do so.” Established in 1837, Cheyney University is the nation’s first historically black college. Harris and other members of the PLBC serve on the Cheyney University task force. In May, the task force urged the State System of Higher Education to forgive the university of more than $30 million in loans. “Our visit to Cheyney University was productive and gave us an opportunity to speak with students and get their perspective on what is happening at the university,” said Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee. “As Democratic chairman, I believe these conversations are important and help us make thoughtful decisions in Harrisburg. This encourages me to intensify my Read more

 

Roebuck welcomes education funding increases in new budget

(Jun 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, welcomed the education funding increases in the new state budget. Roebuck said, "Democratic legislators have stood firm with Governor Tom Wolf against the cut-heavy budget that House Republicans passed in April. This budget isn't perfect, but I'm pleased that it includes several increases for education. During former Governor Tom Corbett's four years in office, Pennsylvania education suffered major cuts – Governor Wolf has been a breath of fresh air." The bill includes: $100 million more for basic education; $25 million more for special education; $25 million more for Pre-K Counts; and $5 million more for Head Start. "I'm also pleased that we were able to protect the $30 million in state funding for the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school," said Roebuck, who represents part of west Philadelphia, including University City. "This is the first part of the budget package. We still have to finalize how it will be funded. As we do that, I will oppose a charter-school bill if it would cause more problems than it solves – the last thing we need is to undo some or all of the gains this budget makes. I issued a report this week about the types of reforms Pennsylvania needs to make to its 20-year-old charter school law and what we need to avoid." That report is available online at Read more

 

New report on Pa. charter schools calls for reform, opposes House GOP bill

(Jun 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said a major education bill could pass in a rush around Friday's state budget deadline. So he's issuing a new report on charter schools in Pennsylvania that calls for strong reforms and explains why a House-passed Republican bill is mostly the opposite of reform. Roebuck's latest report, his fourth on the topic, also comes as Pennsylvania's charter school law turned 20 years old this month. "Unfortunately, the House Republican charter school bill, H.B. 97, is the equivalent of taking a leaky roof and drilling more holes in it. We need to fix the problems with Pennsylvania's outdated charter school law, not create more. Not all changes are 'reform,'" Roebuck said. The report is available online at https://is.gd/2017CharterReport . One highlight is an update on the performance of charter and cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, including: For 2015-16, based on a scale of 100, the average School Performance Profile, or SPP, score for traditional public schools was 70.3; for charter schools, 58.4; and for cyber charter schools, 50.9. As was the case in 2012-13 and 2013-14, charter schools, particularly cyber charter schools, still performed academically worse than other traditional public schools. For the 2015-16 school year, 54 percent of traditional public schools had SPP scores at or above 70, while only 24 Read more

 

Roebuck Fighting for Fair Education Funding

(Jun 21, 2017)

Democratic Chairman of the Pa. House Education Committee Rep. Jim Roebuck is fighting for equitable funding for all of Pennsylvania public schools. Roebuck says all students deserve an equal opportunity no matter where they live. Read more

 

Roebuck: All Kids Deserve Exceptional Education

(Jun 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jim Roebuck speaks at a Capitol news conference on the need to have a fair, reasonable and accountable reimbursement practice in place for charter and cyber schools in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Roebuck Rallies For Teachers

(May 23, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jim Roebuck speaks at a Capitol rally in support of "Teacher Education Day" in Pennsylvania and to honor the outstanding service of teacher educators who prepare teachers for Pennsylvania's classrooms. Read more

 

Roebuck advanced-placement bill passes House; would mean big tuition savings for many students, families

(Apr 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, welcomed today's House passage of his advanced-placement bill. Roebuck's bill ( H.B. 1022 ), introduced with Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, would expand Pennsylvania's Transfer and Articulation Program to include credits for matriculating college freshmen who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) exams in high school with scores that qualify them for college course credits. The bill would cover community colleges and the 14 universities in the State System of Higher Education. The legislation passed the House last session. It would ensure that high school students who have taken Advanced Placement courses and obtained a score of 3 or more on the AP exam would receive college course credit from Pennsylvania public institutions of higher education. The bill also would include students who have achieved sufficient scores in exams for an International Baccalaureate Diploma, the College-Level Examination Program or DANTES subject standardized tests. "This legislation would relieve some of the financial burden on college students and parents by eliminating the need to pay for duplicate courses. The awarding of these credits would save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition costs and lead more students to graduate from college in four years," Roebuck said. "Another benefit to both the state and Read more

 

Roebuck: Treat All Public Schools Equally

(Apr 19, 2017)

Democratic Chairman of the Pa. House Education Committee Jim Roebuck stood with his House Democratic colleagues to unveil 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. 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

 

Roebuck hosting free document shredding event April 22

(Apr 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 12 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., invites west Philadelphia residents to a free document shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22 at his district office, 4712 Baltimore Ave. "This will help people to protect themselves from identity theft by safely disposing of unneeded documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, bank or credit card account numbers, credit card applications, canceled or unused checks, insurance and income tax records and pension information," Roebuck said. "Please don't bring digital or electronic media, such as computer discs, CDs or DVDs," Roebuck added. For more information, please call Roebuck's office at 215-724-2227. ### Read more

 

Roebuck bill would end conflicts of interest in charter school lease payments, recover money for educating kids

(Apr 10, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, plans to introduce a bill that would end conflicts of interest in tax-funded payments for charter school leases. "To ensure financial accountability for all public schools and protect Pennsylvania taxpayers, I will introduce legislation that would ban anyone who serves as a school director, founder, member of a board of trustees or administrator of any public school entity -- including a school district, charter school or cyber charter school -- from receiving reimbursements on lease payments for buildings or facilities used for charter school. The ban would also include executives or employees of charter school management companies," Roebuck said. "We need to prevent these conflicts of interest up front and also recover taxpayers' money to benefit students when there has been an inappropriate payment for one of these leases," Roebuck said. "Every dollar that goes to an inappropriate lease is a dollar that doesn't go to educate our kids." Roebuck 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. This legislation was first introduced last session in response to concerns raised about lease overpayments to charter schools. Since December 2012, the Office of the Auditor General has found Read more

 

Roebuck: Community Colleges Make Sense

(Apr 04, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. James Roebuck speaks at a Capitol rally to urge the legislature to increase funding for the Commonwealth's Community Colleges. Read more

 

Roebuck welcomes education funding increases in Wolf's budget proposal

(Feb 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, welcomed the education funding increases in the budget proposal Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled today. "Pennsylvania schools and colleges suffered major cuts during Governor Tom Corbett's four years in office. Governor Tom Wolf has been a breath of fresh air. Under Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania has restored $465 million in funding for K-12 education, $14.6 million for early intervention, $81.4 million for higher education and $60 million for early childhood education. "This latest budget proposal from Governor Wolf would build on those successes with an additional $125 million for K-12 classrooms, $75 million to expand high-quality early childhood education and $8.9 million for our state-owned universities. I look forward to working with the governor and fellow Democratic legislators to deliver more funding for our students and their families and teachers." ### Read more

 

Roebuck: Enroll in the ACA Today

(Jan 18, 2017)

At a press conference at Philadelphia City Hall, Pa. state Rep. Jim Roebuck urges people without healthcare to go to www.healthcare.gov and enroll in the Affordable Care Act before the January 31 deadline. Read more

 

Roebuck co-hosting 3rd Annual MLK Day of Raising Consciousness at West Philadelphia High School

(Jan 11, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., will co-host the Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Raising Consciousness, which will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut St. This year's theme is "Post 2016 Election: Surviving and Thriving in our Community and School." Roebuck, Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, and the high school are jointly sponsoring the event. The schedule is as follows: 9:15 a.m. - Sign-in and refreshments 10 a.m. - Program: Guest speaker Student panel discussion and spoken word presentations Alumni participation Words of encouragement from area elected officials 12:30 p.m. - Choice of: School tour for alumni and community members FAFSA (federal financial-aid form) workshop for seniors and their parents Career and college workshop for juniors and seniors ### Read more

 

Roebuck: Restoring more school funding must be a top priority in new session

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, was sworn in today for a new term representing west Philadelphia's 188th Legislative District. "As we begin a new session, I look forward to working to improve education in Pennsylvania, and that has to include restoring more of the school funding that was cut during former Governor Corbett's four years," Roebuck said. "Philadelphia has been especially hard-hit by those cuts, but the impact has been statewide. We have made significant progress on restoring education funding in Governor Tom Wolf's first two years, but we have much more to do. Fortunately, we already know there are common-sense ways to generate funding and balance the budget, such as a reasonable tax on gas drilling and closing corporate tax loopholes." ### Read more

 

Roebuck hosting free document shredding event Oct. 29

(Oct 21, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., invites west Philadelphia residents to a free document shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 29 at his district office, 4712 Baltimore Ave. "This will help people to protect themselves from identity theft by safely disposing of unneeded documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, bank or credit card account numbers, credit card applications, canceled or unused checks, insurance and income tax records and pension information," Roebuck said. "Please do not bring digital or electronic media, such as computer discs, CDs or DVDs," Roebuck added. For more information, please call Roebuck's office at 215-724-2227. ### Read more

 

Roebuck: Pa. legislature passes bill to provide more substitute teachers

(Jul 13, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 13 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, welcomed passage of legislation designed to increase the number of available substitute teachers in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. "I have introduced two bills to reduce the substitute teacher shortage, and I'm pleased this legislation would take a major step forward in achieving that goal," Roebuck said. The education bill that passed the House and Senate today (H.B. 1606) would allow some university students who are training to be teachers to serve as substitute teachers for limited time periods. They would have to pass background checks and would be limited to substituting for 10 days per school year for any one teacher and 40 days overall per calendar year. "Substitute teachers play a vital role in maintaining momentum and continuity in the classroom. When students’ regularly assigned teachers are unavailable due to illness, hiring shortages or professional development needs, substitute teachers help fill in the gaps so student learning is not interrupted," Roebuck said. "When substitutes are not available, many schools rely on other teachers to fill in during their prep periods – time that should be dedicated to thoughtful planning, professional collaboration or other academic preparation. When neither substitutes nor a teacher on a prep period are available, students must do without a teacher in Read more

 

Roebuck hosting free Oct. 21 document shredding event
Oct 13, 2017

Roebuck: New rules for Pa. notaries take effect Oct. 26
Sep 21, 2017

PLBC visits Cheyney University to celebrate HBCU week
Sep 21, 2017

Roebuck welcomes education funding increases in new budget
Jun 30, 2017

New report on Pa. charter schools calls for reform, opposes House GOP bill
Jun 28, 2017

Roebuck Fighting for Fair Education Funding
Jun 21, 2017

Roebuck: All Kids Deserve Exceptional Education
Jun 07, 2017

Roebuck Rallies For Teachers
May 23, 2017

Roebuck advanced-placement bill passes House; would mean big tuition savings for many students, families
Apr 26, 2017

Roebuck: Treat All Public Schools Equally
Apr 19, 2017

Pa. charter school reform bills' goal: Treat all public schools equally
Apr 19, 2017

Roebuck hosting free document shredding event April 22
Apr 12, 2017

Roebuck bill would end conflicts of interest in charter school lease payments, recover money for educating kids
Apr 10, 2017

Roebuck: Community Colleges Make Sense
Apr 04, 2017

Roebuck welcomes education funding increases in Wolf's budget proposal
Feb 07, 2017

Roebuck: Enroll in the ACA Today
Jan 18, 2017

Roebuck co-hosting 3rd Annual MLK Day of Raising Consciousness at West Philadelphia High School
Jan 11, 2017

Roebuck: Restoring more school funding must be a top priority in new session
Jan 03, 2017

Roebuck hosting free document shredding event Oct. 29
Oct 21, 2016

Roebuck: Pa. legislature passes bill to provide more substitute teachers
Jul 13, 2016