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Wolf Calls for Passage of Bipartisan Enhanced Firearm Prohibition for Domestic Abusers

from Governor Wolf, November 13, 2017 [n.b. Senator Andy Dinniman, D-19, is among the 14 senators who introduced the bill]

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today called on the General Assembly to pass bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 501 sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware), that would prohibit domestic abusers subject to final Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders from possessing firearms. Across the country, recent mass shootings often have a common thread: perpetrators with a history of domestic violence.

“We must protect victims – spouses and children – of domestic violence and attempt to prevent domestic abusers from escalating their violence in everyday places that result in mass murder,” Governor Wolf said. “It is time for the General Assembly to act on this bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect victims and reduce violence.”

According to recent research, from 2009 to 2016 in the U.S., there have been 156 mass shootings—incidents in which four or more people were shot and killed, not including the shooter. These incidents resulted in 1,187 victims shot: 848 people were shot and killed, and 339 people were shot and injured. The majority of mass shootings—54 percent of cases—were related to domestic or family violence.

Senate Bill 501 was introduced at the beginning of this session and referred to committee in late March of 2017. It has bipartisan sponsors from across the state in the Senate.

Governor Wolf has pushed for a package of reforms aimed at combatting domestic violence, including SB 501 and: Continue reading

Alois: Killion Doesn’t Respond to Debate Request [PA House 168]

Media Patch, October 28, 2012

At the request of Beth Alois, the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 168th District, the League of Women Voters contacted the campaign office of her opponent, Tom Killion, to organize a debate.

The first response was a definite “no.” In the second conversation a representative said Killion was very busy but they would look at his schedule and someone would get back to the League. The LWV’s suggestion of Cheyney University as a good venue (it is located in both Delaware and Chester counties) was rejected by Killion’s representative at that time.

Two weeks after the contact was made with the Killion campaign, the LWV told Alois that the Killion campaign had not gotten back to them and it was now too late to organize a debate.

“In the 10 months I have been talking to voters, and especially since I received the Delaware County Daily Times endorsement, many voters have asked me when the debate would be. I want them to know that I was ready and tried to make it happen,” Alois said.

Alois thanked the League of Women Voters, an outstanding volunteer organization, for their time and effort in trying to organize the debate.

Beth Alois is the pro-public education, pro-women’s rights, and pro-small business candidate in the 168th.The District includes parts of Delaware County (Media, Middletown, Edgmont, Thornbury, Rose Valley, and parts of Upper Providence, Nether Providence, and Newtown) and Westtown Township in Chester County.

Charter school proposals should be rejected

Editorial, DelCo Times, 10/14/12

Talk to anyone in education circles in this state, and the conversation quickly turns to two topics.

Tongues are usually wagging about funding, which seems to decline every year, and charter schools, which increasingly are being blamed for part of that fiscal dilemma.

Those in the realm of public education believe the charters are siphoning off desperately needed revenue. That’s because when students make their “school choice” with their feet, leaving a public school for a charter, the state funding follows them. And it’s the local district that’s on the hook for the bill.

In the Chester Upland School District, where a flurry of charters are now home to almost half the students in the district, that amounts to a huge funding crisis. Last year, as the district teetered on the brink of collapse, Chester Community Charter School, the biggest charter in the state, hauled the district into court because Chester Upland had not forked over money the charter was owed.

And it’s not only Chester Upland. In Upper Darby, where parents were up in arms after the district announced a series of cuts and curriculum realignment, officials point to the growing financial drain caused by charter schools.

Across the state, taxpayers are now on the hook for $1 billion for what amounts to school choice, students enrolled in charter and cyber schools.

Given the growing influence – and cost – of charter schools, you would think the public would want to know as much as we possibly can about their operation and their financial dealings, given the increasing amount of public dollars flowing into their coffers.

Likewise, you would think that the ability to create charter schools would best be kept in local hands, where that facility is likely to have the most impact.

That’s why a few things bubbling up in Harrisburg are particularly troubling.

One proposal would restrict the public’s access to the financial records of the private management firms that operate charter schools.

In other words, they will gladly take the state’s money, just don’t expect much in the way of details on how it’s being used or other financial aspects of the companies involved.

Make no mistake, the charter school explosion in Pennsylvania has become a big business, a very lucrative business.

This newspaper has been in a legal tug of war for years with Vahan Gureghian, whose firm operates Chester Community Charter School. He insists that as a private entity, the public has no claim to see his books. We disagree, noting the amount of public funding his school receives. It’s still rattling around in court.

Now Harrisburg appears ready to allow the charters to do just that. The plan was part of an amendment in a special education funding bill. The new wording at first looks promising, in terms of bringing charter schools under the auspices of the state’s fairly new Right-to-Know law. But as usual the devil is in the details, or in this case, the semantics. The amendment waves its magic wand, granting an exemption by declaring “records of vendors of local agencies shall not be accessible.”

Guess what the charter schools are listed as? If you said local agencies, you get an A-plus, students. Somewhat surprisingly, the proposal is the work of local state Rep. Tom Killion, R-168, of Middletown….

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