House Education Committee advances bills to address teacher shortages & student protections

(Apr 26, 2023)

Equal access to education remains at the top of my legislative priorities and as we work to solve this education crisis in Pennsylvania, it is critical that we pass bills which support both students and educators. Read more

 

Lawmakers and Advocates Hold Rally for DACA Teacher Certifications, In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

(Apr 26, 2023)

Rep. Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh), Majority Chair of the House Education Committee, said he is eager to consider the bills in committee. He called on the advocacy groups assembled at the event to push their lawmakers to support the legislation. Read more

 

Schweyer Education Committee Recap

(Apr 14, 2023)

Pa. House Education Committee Chair state Rep. Peter Schweyer speaks about the bills and issues that were highlighted in the first committee meeting of the legislative session. Read more

 

Workforce Development, Infrastructure, and Housing Funding Opportunities

(Apr 13, 2023)

Here are some of the latest state programs now open for applications. Read more

 

Teacher Shortages Hearing Testimony

(Apr 12, 2023)

The House Education Committee held an informational hearing on April 12, 2023 regarding the teacher shortage crisis. This link contains testimony from PA Dept. of Education, AICUP, AI-U8, Teach Plus, PSEA, Drexel University, AFT and PASSHE. Read more

 

Schweyer’s office to hold monthly veterans outreach April 21

(Apr 06, 2023)

ALLENTOWN, April 6 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is alerting local veterans his monthly support program will be held on Friday, April 21 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 . A 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

 

Lift shade on community solar power

(Apr 04, 2023)

Democratic Rep. Peter Schweyer of Lehigh County said his legislation would extend solar power cost savings to people who can’t afford to install their own solar arrays who live where that is not possible. Read more

 

Schweyer: The opportunity is now to deliver for the children of our state

(Apr 04, 2023)

While we work toward long-term fixes, we must infuse support into the most at-risk districts to close the gap. This is absolutely a priority for the House Democratic Caucus during this budget season. Read more

 

Bipartisan Pa. bill would authorize community solar projects

(Apr 03, 2023)

“My district has a lot of apartment buildings and multi-tenant homes, and right now they’re being excluded from a renewable, affordable energy source just because they don’t have a single family home in the suburbs,” Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, who’s backing a companion House bill, said in the joint statement. Read more

 

Childhood Nutrition Hearing Testimony

(Mar 30, 2023)

There was a joint hearing with the PA House Education Committee and the House Children & Youth Committee on childhood nutrition and school meals. Testimony includes: Director of Bureau of WIC, CFO of Feeding Pennsylvania, School Nutrition Assoc. of Pennsylvania, School Meals for All, Children First, Pa Partnerships for Children and Just Harvest. Read more

 

Schweyer Questions Stability of PASSHE System

(Mar 22, 2023)

At a Pa. House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing in Harrisburg, state Rep. Peter Schweyer, Chairman of the House Education Committee, questions PASSHE Chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein about the fiscal stability of the system and the potential to streamline degree programs to make a college education more affordable. Read more

 

Schweyer: College Enrollment Does Not Reflect Growing Urban Populations

(Mar 21, 2023)

At a Pa. House Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing in Harrisburg, state Rep. Peter Schweyer, Chairman of the House Education Committee, discusses how Pennsylvania's college enrollment does not reflect the makeup of growing urban populations like Allentown and seeks answers on how to increase opportunities for a college education. Read more

 

Schweyer to host ‘Pot O’ Gold’ unclaimed property event March 30

(Mar 17, 2023)

ALLENTOWN, March 17 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer will host an unclaimed property search event on Thursday, March 30 at his district office for residents of the 134th District. “Currently, billions of dollars in unclaimed property like checks and safety deposit boxes is being held by the Pennsylvania Treasury and it needs to be returned to the rightful owners,” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “I encourage anyone who thinks they might have unclaimed property to give my office a call and find out if there’s a pot of gold waiting for you.” According to Schweyer, unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts. Uncashed checks, including paychecks. Lost stocks and bonds. Contents of safe deposit boxes. Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies. Expired gift cards/gift certificates. No appointments are needed for the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206 . However, residents are encouraged to first call his district office at 610-791-6270 and a member of Schweyer’s staff will help complete the search over the phone. Schweyer also cautions residents to ignore any solicitations that offer to conduct searches of the database for a fee, as his office can help conduct searches for free. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg, Siegel and Miller announce local projects to receive $2.5 million in state funding

(Mar 16, 2023)

“This funding will provide significant improvements to several aspects of our infrastructure, roads and water works, green spaces and public safety in Allentown and surrounding communities,” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “I am proud to have worked with my fellow Lehigh County legislators and Senator Nick Miller on securing these funds which will have a positive impact on our residents.” Read more

 

Schweyer named Education Committee majority chairman

(Mar 08, 2023)

HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer today announced that he has been appointed to serve as the majority chairman of the Pennsylvania House Education Committee. “It is truly an honor to be appointed by Speaker McClinton to serve as chairman of the Education Committee,” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “Educating our children is one of the most important priorities of any legislator and as the parent of two children attending the Allentown School District, I have seen and experienced overcrowded classrooms, outdated and worn out buildings and the massive inequities between wealthy and low-income school districts. I am looking forward to working in a bipartisan manner to craft meaningful and beneficial legislation that gives every Pennsylvania student the chance to learn and succeed.” The Education Committee reviews bills that address educational funding for 500 school districts, community college and higher education institutions, school choice and charter schools, teacher standards and more. In addition, the committee reviews legislation that would impact the Department of Education, numerous boards, including the State Board of Education, State Public School Building Authority and Public School Employees Retirement System, as well as the Pennsylvania Higher Education Association and the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education. Schweyer represents the newly drawn 134th Legislative District which serves portions of Read more

 

Schweyer’s office hosting veterans outreach March 17

(Mar 03, 2023)

ALLENTOWN, March 3 – Area veterans and their families who would like to learn about the benefits and programs available to them are invited to state Rep. Peter Schweyer’s monthly support program at his district office in Allentown. “Veterans selflessly serve to protect our country, and we need to do everything we can to support them once they return home,” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “This outreach is a great opportunity for area veterans to learn about benefits and programs which they may not be aware of and receive assistance in the application process. I encourage anyone who served to call and make an appointment.” A representative from the American Legion will be available for in-person appointments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 17 at Schweyer’s district office, 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206 . The representative will be able 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 an appointment by contacting Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. Read more

 

Schweyer’s office hosting veterans outreach Feb. 17

(Feb 03, 2023)

ALLENTOWN, Feb. 3 – Area veterans and their families who would like to learn about the benefits and programs available to them are invited to state Rep. Peter Schweyer’s monthly support program at his district office in Allentown. “Many veterans aren’t using all of the benefits they are entitled to for their service to their country because they may not know about them,” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “This is a great opportunity for area veterans to learn about these benefits and receive assistance in the application process. I encourage anyone who served to call and make an appointment to ensure they are maximizing what they’ve earned.” A representative from the American Legion will be available for in-person appointments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at Schweyer’s district office, 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206. The representative will be able 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

 

Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities

(Feb 01, 2023)

Here are some of the latest state programs now open for applications. Read more

 

House Democratic Members of Speaker's Workgroup Issue Statement on Efforts to End House Gridlock

(Jan 25, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – State Reps. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement on the progress of the Speaker’s Workgroup to Move Pennsylvania Forward, who are tasked with finding a bipartisan agreement to end gridlock in the House: "This bipartisan workgroup is committed to prioritizing seeking justice for child sexual abuse survivors and drafting appropriate operating rules for the Special Session and regular session. “The workgroup members have met frequently with serious and honest conversations, but we have not yet agreed to, and should not agree to, anything until we have public input. That's why we look forward to the Speaker's upcoming statewide listening sessions .” The first listening session will take place today, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Simmons Auditorium at the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer, Siegel comment on Browne appointment

(Jan 12, 2023)

“The people of Allentown, the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania will all benefit from Gov.-elect Shapiro's appointment of former Senator Browne." Read more

 

House Education Committee advances bills to address teacher shortages & student protections
Apr 26, 2023

Lawmakers and Advocates Hold Rally for DACA Teacher Certifications, In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students
Apr 26, 2023

Schweyer Education Committee Recap
Apr 14, 2023

Workforce Development, Infrastructure, and Housing Funding Opportunities
Apr 13, 2023

Teacher Shortages Hearing Testimony
Apr 12, 2023

Schweyer’s office to hold monthly veterans outreach April 21
Apr 06, 2023

Lift shade on community solar power
Apr 04, 2023

Schweyer: The opportunity is now to deliver for the children of our state
Apr 04, 2023

Bipartisan Pa. bill would authorize community solar projects
Apr 03, 2023

Childhood Nutrition Hearing Testimony
Mar 30, 2023

Schweyer Questions Stability of PASSHE System
Mar 22, 2023

Schweyer: College Enrollment Does Not Reflect Growing Urban Populations
Mar 21, 2023

Schweyer to host ‘Pot O’ Gold’ unclaimed property event March 30
Mar 17, 2023

Schweyer, Schlossberg, Siegel and Miller announce local projects to receive $2.5 million in state funding
Mar 16, 2023

Schweyer named Education Committee majority chairman
Mar 08, 2023

Schweyer’s office hosting veterans outreach March 17
Mar 03, 2023

Schweyer’s office hosting veterans outreach Feb. 17
Feb 03, 2023

Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities
Feb 01, 2023

House Democratic Members of Speaker's Workgroup Issue Statement on Efforts to End House Gridlock
Jan 25, 2023

Schlossberg, Schweyer, Siegel comment on Browne appointment
Jan 12, 2023