Schweyer, Schlossberg, Siegel, and Miller announce over $7.1 million in state grants

(Dec 19, 2023)

State Reps. Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg, and Josh Siegel along with state Sen. Nick Miller today announced a total of over $7.1 million was awarded to 13 projects throughout Lehigh County by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

LVHN and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals plan to merge

(Dec 19, 2023)

"The news today of Lehigh Valley Health Network announcing their proposed merger with Jefferson University Hospital, no doubt has many of us wondering what this may mean to the thousands of employees of LVHN and the patients of one of the many LVHN practices throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley," said State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh. Read more

 

Schweyer responds to LVHN & Jefferson University merger proposal

(Dec 19, 2023)

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 19 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer today issued the following statement following the news of the proposed merger with Lehigh Valley Health Network and Jefferson University Hospitals. “I was an employee of Sacred Heart Hospital, an independent healthcare provider, that merged with another healthcare network. I understand that consolidations can be worrisome to neighborhoods, patients, and employees. But, when done right, mergers can mean quality patient care remains, jobs are not lost, and communities see economic development and investment. "The news today of Lehigh Valley Health Network announcing their proposed merger with Jefferson University Hospital, no doubt has many of us wondering what this may mean to the thousands of employees of LVHN and the patients of one of the many LVHN practices throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley. "I will continue to communicate with LVHN through this process and do everything possible to ensure the LVHN staff have job security and that the quality of care and healthcare provider-patient relationships we all have come to expect remain intact.” Read more

 

LVHN and Jefferson Health announce plans to merge. Here’s what it means for the Lehigh Valley

(Dec 19, 2023)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Allentown, said in a statement he would continue to communicate with LVHN through the merger process and do everything possible to ensure the job security of LVHN staff and that the quality of care for patients remains intact. Read more

 

State Reps. Schweyer, Schlossberg and Siegel applaud community safety grants

(Dec 14, 2023)

State Reps. Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg and Josh Siegel announced today a total of $718,149 awarded for the city of Allentown to staff and fund police departments and for increased security for multiple organizations in their districts. Read more

 

Pa. Legislature passes education bills without Level Up funding

(Dec 13, 2023)

“Given what we’ve seen from the Senate, they weren’t going to accept it [Level Up] so we compromised on more money for facilities,” Rep. Schweyer told the Capital-Star. Read more

 

Schweyer lauds passage of fiscal, school codes

(Dec 13, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 13 – Pennsylvania House Education Committee Majority Chairman, state Rep. Peter Schweyer today celebrated the passage of the fiscal and school codes to help students, teachers and provide long overdue funding to address school infrastructure problems. “As the father of two girls in the Allentown School District, I have seen firsthand the dire need for school building upgrading and modernization,” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “For the first time in nearly a decade, funding passed by the House will give school districts the necessary resources to make the building upgrades which ensure safe and comfortable learning environments exist for children across the commonwealth.” According to Schweyer, on Wednesday, the General Assembly passed the two codes which contain the following: $175 million for school facility improvements. $10 million for student-teacher stipends. EITC transparency and administrative fee reforms. Added Schweyer, “While this is much needed funding to address serious issues with school buildings, the work for education funding is far from over. After the Commonwealth Court ruled our schools are underfunded, we are ensuring that fairly funding schools and upholding this constitutional obligation is a top priority.” Read more

 

Lehigh Valley lawmakers want to stop ‘book ban’ arguments. They just disagree on how.

(Dec 11, 2023)

“We’re not going to waste any staff power, any attention span in Harrisburg, on figuring out how many books are appropriate to ban, period, full stop,” Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, said, calling the bill “stupid.” Read more

 

State Senate legislation requiring schools to identify sexual content in books, class material currently blocked in House

(Dec 04, 2023)

“They couch it in language to soften the blow because the politics around book bans are so fraught right now,” Schweyer said. “But it's a book ban and you don't need my word for it." Read more

 

Schweyer’s office to hold monthly veterans outreach Dec. 15

(Dec 01, 2023)

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is alerting local veterans that his monthly support program will be held on Friday, Dec. 15 at his district office in Allentown. A representative from the American Legion will be available for appointments at Schweyer’s district office, 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206. Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service officer will be available to assist veterans and their families with benefits and services available to them. The representative also will be available to discuss pensions and other compensation, as well as education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required; however, anyone interested in speaking with the adviser should schedule appointments by contacting Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. Read more

 

Pa. lawmakers propose new community solar legislation

(Nov 28, 2023)

State Reps. Rob Matzie, D-16, Harmony Township, and Peter Schweyer, D-134, Lehigh County, introduced House Bill 1842, or the Community Solar Act, with the support of two dozen bipartisan co-sponsors. Read more

 

Gov. Shapiro, Lehigh Valley lawmakers acknowledge political divisions, outstanding education funding

(Nov 26, 2023)

House Education Committee Chairman Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh County), who is a member of the BEF Commission, told LehighValleyNews.com recently the discussions around producing a report have been productive. Read more

 

As partisan tensions thaw in Harrisburg, Pa. lawmakers eye unfunded housing, school priorities

(Nov 13, 2023)

“While we’re having the bigger fights over the big dollar spending, we can still be doing our job,” Rep. Schweyer told Spotlight PA. “And we’re seeing that, and that’s a good thing.” Read more

 

Student Assessments & Early Literacy Testimony

(Nov 13, 2023)

The House Education Committee held an informational meeting on student assessments & early literacy. Read more

 

Schweyer: Rural School Districts Need More Support

(Nov 13, 2023)

Majority Chair of the Pa. House Education Committee, state Rep. Peter Schweyer highlights the state's inadequacies in public education funding and how our rural school districts are up against similar challenges that our suburban and city districts experience. This stop on the Basic Education Funding Commission Tour emphasized just how necessary more funding is for the rural districts in Pa. Read more

 

Schweyer’s office to hold monthly veterans outreach Nov. 17

(Nov 03, 2023)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 3 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is alerting local veterans that his monthly support program will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 at his district office in Allentown. A representative from the American Legion will be available for appointments at Schweyer’s district office, 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206. Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service officer will be available to assist veterans and their families with benefits and services available to them. The representative also will be available to discuss pensions and other compensation, as well as education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required; however, anyone interested in speaking with the adviser should schedule appointments by contacting Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. Read more

 

Schweyer, Isaacson appointed to PHEAA board of directors

(Nov 02, 2023)

Being both a first-generation college student and a longtime supporter of higher education, it is both a privilege and an honor to be appointed to serve in this capacity as a member of PHEAA’s board of directors. As student loan balances continue to rise, causing significant financial impacts on thousands of Pennsylvania students, I am looking forward to collaborating with my fellow board members to find solutions and policies to provide more affordable access to higher education. Read more

 

‘We need protections.’ What Mack Trucks workers said they want in contract as union holds rally

(Nov 02, 2023)

Several members of the Lehigh Valley’s state House delegation, including Rep. Schweyer and Rep. Schlossberg, were in attendance, and some didn’t hold back. Read more

 

Lincoln University students to lead march to Harrisburg due to funding freeze

(Oct 31, 2023)

On Tuesday, the House finally passed the legislation, which Representative Peter Schweyer, the Chair of the House Education Committee, said is months overdue. Read more

 

House Education Committee addressing real needs of students and their families, not culture wars

(Oct 30, 2023)

I thoroughly enjoyed reading in high school. I related to Holden Caufield’s teenage disillusionment in the Catcher in the Rye . My early political views were shaped in large part through novels like Animal Farm and The Lord of the Flies ; and my healthy cynicism, and randomly, the embrace of my Irish heritage began when I read A Modest Proposal . My senior year English teacher, Ms. Barbara Psathas , knew that I gained much through reading (she taught me as a sophomore as well) and gave me an assignment to write a report on another important piece of American literature. This time, I wasn’t going to read about someone like me, but rather about a little black girl growing up post Great Depression. Toni Morrison’s seminal work, The Bluest Eye , is not something I would have picked up at the Allentown Public Library or at my local Waldenbooks (yes, I am willfully dating myself with that reference). But being exposed to something that was so far outside of my comfort zone helped me developed a sense of empathy and humanity. This was 1996 – nearly thirty years ago while attending a conservative, mostly white religious high school (Allentown Central Catholic High School), in a blue-collar town (Allentown, PA). If I attended high school today, the odds are that I Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg, Siegel, and Miller announce over $7.1 million in state grants
Dec 19, 2023

LVHN and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals plan to merge
Dec 19, 2023

Schweyer responds to LVHN & Jefferson University merger proposal
Dec 19, 2023

LVHN and Jefferson Health announce plans to merge. Here’s what it means for the Lehigh Valley
Dec 19, 2023

State Reps. Schweyer, Schlossberg and Siegel applaud community safety grants
Dec 14, 2023

Pa. Legislature passes education bills without Level Up funding
Dec 13, 2023

Schweyer lauds passage of fiscal, school codes
Dec 13, 2023

Lehigh Valley lawmakers want to stop ‘book ban’ arguments. They just disagree on how.
Dec 11, 2023

State Senate legislation requiring schools to identify sexual content in books, class material currently blocked in House
Dec 04, 2023

Schweyer’s office to hold monthly veterans outreach Dec. 15
Dec 01, 2023

Pa. lawmakers propose new community solar legislation
Nov 28, 2023

Gov. Shapiro, Lehigh Valley lawmakers acknowledge political divisions, outstanding education funding
Nov 26, 2023

As partisan tensions thaw in Harrisburg, Pa. lawmakers eye unfunded housing, school priorities
Nov 13, 2023

Student Assessments & Early Literacy Testimony
Nov 13, 2023

Schweyer: Rural School Districts Need More Support
Nov 13, 2023

Schweyer’s office to hold monthly veterans outreach Nov. 17
Nov 03, 2023

Schweyer, Isaacson appointed to PHEAA board of directors
Nov 02, 2023

‘We need protections.’ What Mack Trucks workers said they want in contract as union holds rally
Nov 02, 2023

Lincoln University students to lead march to Harrisburg due to funding freeze
Oct 31, 2023

House Education Committee addressing real needs of students and their families, not culture wars
Oct 30, 2023