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Schlossberg issues statement on charter school reform

(Aug 13, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D- Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today of his charter school reform strategy: "Governor Wolf's strong executive action will ensure that, for the first time, in a long time, the Allentown School District has a chance at long-term financial sustainability. “Payments to charter schools cost taxpayers in the Allentown School District $3 million in 1998-1999. That cost is now north of $62 million: a 20-fold increase in 20 years. How 1 out of every 6 dollars paid for by Allentown School District taxpayers is spent is completely out of the hands of the people elected as stewards of our resources. “Based upon estimates from the administration, this stands to save the taxpayers of the Allentown School District $10 million. While I have very proudly worked with Representative Peter Schweyer to secure additional funding for the Allentown School District, this action goes a step further by altering the circumstances which require that additional funding. ASD students should not have their futures determined by the political skill of those who represent them in the legislature. Rather than find emergency funding, I would rather reform the system which required emergency funding in the first place. Governor Wolf’s actions today will allow us to do just that. “I cannot understate the importance of these moves. As a result of what the Read more

 

Pa. facing nursing home workforce shortage as state's senior population grows

(Jul 31, 2019)

WHITEHALL TWP. Pa. - Pennsylvania is facing a nursing home workforce shortage, while at the same time, the state's senior population is growing rapidly.How do you fix it? By 2040, a quarter of Pennsylvanians will be 65 or older, presenting an imminent and unique challenge for nursing homes. Read more

 

Lehigh Valley lawmakers condemn Allentown shooting, ask Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to intervene

(Jun 25, 2019)

The nature of the shooting that left 10 people wounded in Allentown on Thursday — its number of victims and possible link to gangs — prompted a swift reaction from Lehigh Valley lawmakers, who ordinarily don’t weigh in on day-to-day crime activity. Read more

 

State representatives weigh in on AR-15s being used in Allentown nightclub shooting

(Jun 25, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Two local state representatives are weighing in on reports of A-R-15's being used in the nightclub shooting in Allentown that injured 10. Read more

 

Schweyer and Schlossberg Respond to Reports of AR-15's Being Used in Allentown Mass-Shooting

(Jun 21, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, June 21— State Representative Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) and State Representative Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) issued the following joint statement in response to news reports from police saying AR-15’s were used in the shooting outside the Déjà vu nightclub that wounded 10 people: “It was almost predictable that one of the firearms used in the Deja Vu shooting was an AR-15,” Schweyer said. “I say predictable because just last year, there was a homicide - across the street from my home - where a woman was murdered by her partner with an AR-15. This weapon has become the go-to choice to for murderers across the nation.” “We have repeatedly seen mass shootings where AR-15 semi-automatic rifles are used: Newtown, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and now Allentown,” Schlossberg said. “No community is safe from the effects of deadly assault weapons.” Schweyer and Schlossberg are members of the PA SAFE Caucus, a group of legislators who believe in reducing all types of violence in Pennsylvania through adequate funding for mental health services, stronger tools for law enforcement, resources to curb the effects of addiction and illegal drugs and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. “This completely unregulated tool of mass violence isn’t used by law-abiding gun owners for hunting,” Schweyer said. “In far too many cases Read more

 

State, local lawmakers weigh in after shooting outside Allentown nightclub

(Jun 21, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - State and local lawmakers weighed in on the shooting outside the Deja Vu nightclub in Allentown Thursday in which 10 people were injured. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg respond to shooting

(Jun 20, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, June 20 -- State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, released the following statement in response to the mass shooting outside the DejaVu Nightclub in Allentown on June 20, 2019: “Our entire city is shocked and horrified,” Schweyer said. “There is absolutely no justification or rationalization that can begin to explain away last night’s shooting. Like everyone, my heart goes out to those harmed who were innocent.” “This shooting is a frightening moment for Allentown. It is clear we must do more as local, state and federal governments to protect all our citizens,” Schlossberg said. “I remain dedicated to working with our friends in local and state government to stop this violence. Our role is a supportive one, and we are here to give whatever support is necessary.” “Violence has no place in Allentown, and I stand with our residents, community leaders and law enforcement in declaring that a safe city is priority one,” Schweyer said. “As a lifelong resident of Allentown who grew up in Center City, I know we embrace community, compassion and diversity – not violence.” Noting the actions of those who responded to the scene, Schweyer and Schlossberg also thanked those who put their lives on the line. “I want to thank law enforcement and first responders for their quick and heroic actions early this morning,” Schweyer said. Read more

 

Bill would keep charter schools from claiming they are tuition-free

(Jun 17, 2019)

There are two words on billboards, mailers and internet ads for charter schools that have come to grate on state Rep. Mike Schlossberg. “Free tuition.” Read more

 

Percentage of millennials in the Lehigh Valley bringing in business

(Jun 17, 2019)

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. - Would you believe Bethlehem and Easton have a higher percentage of millennials than Philadelphia? It's true according to the U.S. census. Read more

 

That ‘free’ charter school? It’s not free, and Lehigh Valley lawmaker wants that spelled out.

(Jun 13, 2019)

Pennsylvania is one step closer to requiring what one Lehigh Valley lawmaker calls truth in public school advertising. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Truth in public school advertising passes House

(Jun 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 12 – Public schools that advertise “free” tuition or transportation would be required to state that taxpayer dollars are paying the cost under a bill that passed the state House of Representatives today, according to Rep. Mike Schlossberg. Read more

 

Allentown School District awarded more than $1M in grants to support community learning centers

(Jun 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg announced Tuesday the Allentown City School District was awarded $1.35 million in 21st Century Learning Center grants by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Read more

 

$1.35 million awarded by state to Allentown school programs

(Jun 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg today announced the Allentown City School District was awarded $1.35 million in 21st Century Learning Center grants by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Read more

 

Statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force in Pa. will develop state's suicide prevention plan

(May 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force will be formed to develop the state's suicide prevention plan, a long-term strategy to reduce suicide in Pennsylvania, and let Pennsylvanians in crisis know their lives are valuable and help is available, Governor Tom Wolf said Wednesday. Read more

 

State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center

(May 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill, Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh and Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $501,500 in state funding for maintenance and improvements at the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center. “In an era of incredible technology at our fingertips, we need to be smart about fighting crime, using resources wisely to keep our communities safe,” Schlossberg said. “I am excited to have worked with my colleagues to secure this funding and see the people of the Lehigh Valley benefit from this support.” “Allocating grants that help innovate and improve our law enforcement agencies equates to safer, better communities for all,” Freeman said. “I am always grateful to see tax dollars come back to our district, and I look forward to seeing how this funding will help our area.” The grant will assist covering costs at the center for personnel as well as annual software support, maintenance and development. The center, overseen by the Lehigh County District Attorney, is a regional law enforcement initiative supporting local, state and federal law enforcement partners in both Lehigh and Northampton counties. ‘I am proud to have worked with my fellow legislators to ensure this funding was allocated to such an important policing program,” McNeill said. “Communities around the Lehigh Read more

 

The science surrounding vaccines is settled

(May 10, 2019)

I choose to believe most of humanity wakes up every day and, in one way or another, asks themselves a fundamental question: What good can I do today? How I can serve my family, my friends and my community? Read more

 

AG report: Link between gun violence, lack of mental health coverage

(May 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Mental Health Caucus Chairman Democrat Mike Schlossberg, along with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, hosted a bipartisan discussion Wednesday on the link between gun violence and lack of mental health coverage. Read more

 

Free Senior Fair planned by Schlossberg, Schweyer

(May 03, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, May 3 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, invite older residents to learn about community resources that are available to help them during an upcoming Senior Fair. The free, annual event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon May 17 at the East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair St., Allentown 18109. “We usually have about 200 people attend our Senior Fair because it’s a great opportunity for people to get valuable information and ask questions all in one place," Schweyer said. “I encourage people to consider spending the morning with us to learn how they can live a longer, healthier life in the Lehigh Valley,” Schlossberg said. The Senior Fair features health and wellness screenings, as well as information about various state and federal programs and about 40 vendors. Coffee and donuts will be available. No RSVP is necessary to attend, but anyone with questions should contact Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270 or Schlossberg’s office at 610-821-5577. Read more

 

Schlossberg calls for transparency, truth in advertising for all public school advertisements

(May 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg has reintroduced legislation that would require all public school advertising to disclose that the ads are funded with taxpayer money and prohibit the ads from stating that schools, programs, services or transportation are free. “Schools across the state and nation are using various forms of advertising to attract students to increase enrollment,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, “However, some schools -- particularly cyber charter schools -- are referring to services and programs in their advertising as ‘free’.” Schlossberg said his bill (H.B. 894) also would prohibit public schools from falsely advertising tuition or transportation as free and would have to disclose that instructional and transportation costs are paid for by tax dollars. “These public charter schools that use millions of dollars to advertise tuition, transportation, or other programs as free are deceiving taxpayers. Someone fronts the bill for these things and my bill would inform taxpayers that it’s always been them,” Schlossberg said. “This deception to attract students reveals that it’s less about educating our children and more about attracting the most pupils to attend because each student comes with a high payout that ultimately falls on the shoulders of taxpayers.” Schlossberg said his bill aims to level the playing field for all public schools competing for student Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer applaud Building 21 school for civic engagement award

(Apr 30, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, April 30 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today recognized Building 21 Allentown High School for receiving the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award , highlighting its success in registering students to vote and remain civically engaged. The GCEA program, now in its second year, works to promote voter registration in Pennsylvania high schools and encourages students to get involved in elections as voter registration organizers, voters and poll workers. Building 21 was recognized with a Gold Level award, signifying that 85 percent or more of its eligible students were registered to vote. “I am proud of the student leaders at Building 21 for taking the initiative to engage their peers during their voter registration drive,” Schweyer said. “As our future leaders, it is important to understand and participate in our election process. Congratulations to Building 21 on being recognized for your achievements and being awarded the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award.” Across Pennsylvania, 23 high schools received either Gold or Silver Level awards, signifying 65 percent or more of eligible students were registered to vote in their school. A total of 3,109 students were registered to vote through the program. “For many of us, Building 21 was to provide innovative-learning for the students enrolled there,” Schlossberg said. “We knew the school would be different with Read more

 

Schlossberg issues statement on charter school reform
Aug 13, 2019

Pa. facing nursing home workforce shortage as state's senior population grows
Jul 31, 2019

Lehigh Valley lawmakers condemn Allentown shooting, ask Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to intervene
Jun 25, 2019

State representatives weigh in on AR-15s being used in Allentown nightclub shooting
Jun 25, 2019

Schweyer and Schlossberg Respond to Reports of AR-15's Being Used in Allentown Mass-Shooting
Jun 21, 2019

State, local lawmakers weigh in after shooting outside Allentown nightclub
Jun 21, 2019

Schweyer, Schlossberg respond to shooting
Jun 20, 2019

Bill would keep charter schools from claiming they are tuition-free
Jun 17, 2019

Percentage of millennials in the Lehigh Valley bringing in business
Jun 17, 2019

That ‘free’ charter school? It’s not free, and Lehigh Valley lawmaker wants that spelled out.
Jun 13, 2019

Schlossberg: Truth in public school advertising passes House
Jun 12, 2019

Allentown School District awarded more than $1M in grants to support community learning centers
Jun 06, 2019

$1.35 million awarded by state to Allentown school programs
Jun 04, 2019

Statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force in Pa. will develop state's suicide prevention plan
May 29, 2019

State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center
May 22, 2019

The science surrounding vaccines is settled
May 10, 2019

AG report: Link between gun violence, lack of mental health coverage
May 09, 2019

Free Senior Fair planned by Schlossberg, Schweyer
May 03, 2019

Schlossberg calls for transparency, truth in advertising for all public school advertisements
May 02, 2019

Schlossberg, Schweyer applaud Building 21 school for civic engagement award
Apr 30, 2019