Allentown, Bethlehem school districts would get extra money under push to fix ‘atrocious reality of underfunding’

(Apr 16, 2021)

HARRISBURG — Fifth grade teacher Mike Faccinetto sees the effects of school underfunding in his Allentown classroom every day. Read more

 

Level Up coalition launches effort to increase funding for 100 severely underfunded Pa. school districts

(Apr 16, 2021)

“It is no secret that hundreds of public schools across the commonwealth are grossly underfunded as a result of Pennsylvania’s property tax scheme and chronic underfunding at the state level,” said Rep. Mike Schlossberg. Read more

 

Schlossberg: $830K grant to City of Allentown for traffic safety improvement

(Apr 16, 2021)

ALLENTOWN, April 16 - State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced a grant totaling $830,750 to the City of Allentown for traffic signal and safety improvements at four heavily travelled intersections between Highland Street and Summer Avenue. Schlossberg said the improvements include installation of a new traffic signal, traffic signal upgrades and installation of a pedestrian flasher. Read more

 

Sanchez, Schlossberg aim to close LGBTQ+ Panic Defense loophole

(Apr 08, 2021)

“Let’s be honest: There are people who look for an excuse to hate and hurt others,” Schlossberg said. “It’s awful that we need to provide protections like this, but it’s our reality. There is no place in our society for fear-based attacks on another person.” Read more

 

Schlossberg seeks to help child victims of domestic abuse

(Mar 31, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 31 – Continuing his commitment to helping victims of domestic violence get away from their abusers, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg is introducing legislation that would expand the reasons for granting a mutual consent divorce to include violence against children in the home. Read more

 

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(Mar 26, 2021)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that matter. Read more

 

Schweyer, prime co-sponsors introduce bill to repeal Pa. fireworks law

(Mar 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, along with state Reps Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, Steve Samuelson, Mike Schlossberg, all D-Lehigh, and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today introduced a bill which would repeal Pennsylvania’s law allowing residents to purchase and set-off powerful fireworks. “For the past few years, I, along with many of my neighbors have been awakened at all hours of the night from the loud barrage of fireworks near my home and with the Fourth of July holiday approaching, it is time again to address this problem,” Schweyer said. “This goes beyond the borders of Allentown. Many of my colleagues in the House from Philadelphia to Easton and Pittsburgh to Erie have all shared similar fireworks problems in their communities. This legislation would repeal the most recent changes made to the fireworks law and would provide all municipalities more power to enforce the law and help restore quality of life back to city residents.” "As the Memorial Day weekend draws closer, followed by the July Fourth holiday, so too will the inevitable calls and complaints to my office about fireworks activity," McNeill said. "Last summer, as noted by conversations I had with many residents throughout Lehigh County, it seemed as though the COVID pandemic produced an uptick in pyrotechnic use. This increased nighttime activity added to the stresses in our communities: upsetting pets, Read more

 

House Democratic Leaders call on Republicans to honor promise to survivors of childhood sexual abuse

(Mar 19, 2021)

With time running out to provide a chance at justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse through an emergency constitutional amendment, the House Democratic leadership team released the following statement calling on Republican leadership to commit to bringing the measure up for a vote on Monday:“In early February, Republican leadership made a public promise on the House floor to get an emergency constitutional amendment to the Senate and provide a chance at justice to the survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Due to their wavering and inaction this week, we’re now dangerously close to running out of time to get this in front of Pennsylvanians in the May Primary Election. Read more

 

Schlossberg Fighting to End Nuisance Fireworks

(Mar 19, 2021)

Lehigh Valley lawmakers have had enough of random nights sounding like the Fourth of July. Read more

 

Schlossberg Celebrates New Ambulance with Allentown Officials

(Mar 12, 2021)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - State and local officials revealed a new EMS ambulance in Allentown Friday. Read more

 

Schlossberg congratulates Sons of Israel on $25K grant

(Mar 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 10 – Congregation Sons of Israel, located on West Tilghman Street in Allentown, today was awarded a $25,000 state grant, according to Rep. Mike Schlossberg. Read more

 

Schlossberg optimistic about plan to get teachers vaccinated

(Mar 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg is optimistic about today’s announcement by Gov. Tom Wolf that Pennsylvania teachers will be added to the state’s vaccine distribution plan, but also is encouraging him to include all school personnel. Read more

 

Schlossberg leads discussion on key role paraprofessionals have in Pa. Education services

(Feb 18, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 18 – The House Democratic Policy Committee and state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Allentown, hosted a roundtable discussion today on the crucial role paraprofessionals play in student success and what the state can do to support those efforts. “These professionals help ensure students receive a quality educational experience and have the resources needed to overcome any obstacles or difficulties they are facing. It was an important discussion on how we can better support them at the state level. Today’s hearing further highlighted the need for education dollars to go through a fair and equitable education formula,” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Schlossberg added, “Paraprofessionals play an integral role in serving our students and community. They help students living with disabilities, disadvantaged students, those living with homelessness and more overcome those challenges. We have an obligation to provide a quality education for all students and their role in that process is absolutely essential. I look forward to further exploring meaningful ways we can provide the funding and support needed to cultivate future generations of empowered individuals who know they can overcome their challenges, achieve their dreams and make meaningful contributions to their communities." Roundtable participants included Dr. Lucretia Brown, deputy superintendent at the Allentown School District; Elizabeth Moyer, president Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee to hear about school paraprofessional needs

(Feb 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 -- After hearing concerns faced by local education support staff, Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Schlossberg requested a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to find out more about what role the legislature could play in assisting, recruiting, and retaining these essential employees. The hearing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 and can be viewed online at www.PaHouse.com/policy or the Policy Committee’s Facebook page, @PADemPolicy . The media and public are encouraged to attend. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Schlossberg, along with Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee will discuss how the COVID-19 crisis pushed school districts into unknown territory and the challenges that arose and how to best support the support staff essential to every school day, especially for Pennsylvania’s neediest students. Ensuring a quality education for children is enshrined in Pennsylvania’s constitution and is a core issue for Bizzarro and the Policy Committee. You can read more about the committee’s focus and efforts here . Read more

 

Schlossberg responds to governor’s budget proposal

(Feb 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding the 2021-22 state budget proposal announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf. Read more

 

House Democrats demand accountability for Republican election lies

(Jan 13, 2021)

Citing the dangerous lies spread by some Republicans in the General Assembly regarding the 2020 election, House Democratic leaders today released the following statement demanding accountability and responsibility as the nation moves forward:“What we saw last week was nothing short of an attempted coup, instigated not only by the president of the United States but by Republican enablers at all levels of government. Words matter, and the falsehoods, misrepresentations and seditious rantings we’ve heard from some Republican members of the General Assembly can’t go unchallenged. Our nation can’t heal without consequences for the first invasion of the United States Capitol since the War of 1812. Read more

 

House Democrats pledge ‘People over Partisanship’ in 2021-22 session

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 -- The PA House Democratic Caucus leadership team issued a joint statement today as state legislators formally began the 2021-22 Legislative Session: “With 202 members of the House of Representatives due to be sworn in, we celebrate the diversity of our great state and reflect on the shared values common to almost all Pennsylvanians. Yet we also mourn the tragic loss of Representative Mike Reese, whose sudden passing reminded all of us how precious life is. “The importance of the top priorities that House Democrats have consistently promoted -- good jobs with fair pay, quality schools, affordable housing, accessible health care, a safe environment and protection of democracy -- are being highlighted and tested in many ways during this devastating pandemic. “We see the beginning of this new legislative session as a chance to elevate people over partisanship and make gains toward these common goals in all of Pennsylvania’s unique communities – east and west, large and small, urban, suburban and rural. “Democrats in the House hope that our Republican partners will work with us to help people stay in jobs, get back to work and go to school safely; equip healthcare workers properly to battle this pandemic; ensure Pennsylvanians are not evicted from their homes in the middle of a public health crisis; and send targeted relief to the many businesses ravaged by this pandemic. Read more

 

Schlossberg responds to latest coronavirus mitigation efforts

(Dec 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 10 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest mitigation efforts to control the spread of COVID-19:“This is tragic. It is also necessary. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg announce over $1.7M awarded to local criminal justice and victims’ programs

(Dec 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg, both D-Lehigh, today announced state funding totaling $1.73 million has been awarded to several local organizations to improve programs which support criminal justice and victims of abuse programs. “These programs go beyond keeping our communities safe,” Schweyer said. “They provide support and comfort to victims of abuse, young and old, every day. This funding ensures these unfortunate victims will have access to these services when they need them.” "This is another critical investment for the people of Allentown," Schlossberg said. "I am pleased the PCCD acknowledged the hard work and dedication of these organizations and this money will help them continue to have the staff and the resources needed to continue improving our criminal justive system and supporting victims of abuse." The grants awarded Wednesday in Lehigh County include: Lehigh County Chief Executive Officer, $741,623 to help fund operations at Lehigh County Victim/Witness Unit; and $125,000 for the Lehigh County STOP Violence Against Women Program. Crime Victims Council of Lehigh Valley, $239,570 for the Victims of Juvenile Offenders Program. Lehigh Valley Hospital Inc., $46,992 to strengthen the John Van Brakle Child Advocacy Center’s support of child victims of sexual and physical abuse. Lehigh County Probation, $573,536 to Read more

 

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(Dec 03, 2020)

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Allentown, Bethlehem school districts would get extra money under push to fix ‘atrocious reality of underfunding’
Apr 16, 2021

Level Up coalition launches effort to increase funding for 100 severely underfunded Pa. school districts
Apr 16, 2021

Schlossberg: $830K grant to City of Allentown for traffic safety improvement
Apr 16, 2021

Sanchez, Schlossberg aim to close LGBTQ+ Panic Defense loophole
Apr 08, 2021

Schlossberg seeks to help child victims of domestic abuse
Mar 31, 2021

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Check out the discussion here.
Mar 26, 2021

Schweyer, prime co-sponsors introduce bill to repeal Pa. fireworks law
Mar 19, 2021

House Democratic Leaders call on Republicans to honor promise to survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Mar 19, 2021

Schlossberg Fighting to End Nuisance Fireworks
Mar 19, 2021

Schlossberg Celebrates New Ambulance with Allentown Officials
Mar 12, 2021

Schlossberg congratulates Sons of Israel on $25K grant
Mar 10, 2021

Schlossberg optimistic about plan to get teachers vaccinated
Mar 03, 2021

Schlossberg leads discussion on key role paraprofessionals have in Pa. Education services
Feb 18, 2021

House Democratic Policy Committee to hear about school paraprofessional needs
Feb 17, 2021

Schlossberg responds to governor’s budget proposal
Feb 03, 2021

House Democrats demand accountability for Republican election lies
Jan 13, 2021

House Democrats pledge ‘People over Partisanship’ in 2021-22 session
Jan 05, 2021

Schlossberg responds to latest coronavirus mitigation efforts
Dec 10, 2020

Schweyer, Schlossberg announce over $1.7M awarded to local criminal justice and victims’ programs
Dec 09, 2020

Senior 2020 Newsletter
Dec 03, 2020