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Governor Wolf Announces $4.3 Million to Improve Conditions at Philadelphia School Buildings

first_img July 31, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces $4.3 Million to Improve Conditions at Philadelphia School Buildings Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is providing $4.3 million in state funding for lead paint stabilization at Philadelphia school buildings. The governor was joined by members of Philadelphia’s legislative delegation, School District of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers at the Edward Heston School for the announcement today.“No parent should have to worry about the health risk of sending their child to school and no student should be at risk from lead paint,” said Governor Wolf. “The safety of our children should always be a priority and our schools must be healthy environments where students and teachers can focus on learning and building bright futures. Today’s announcement is another step in the work towards this goal, but it cannot and will not be the end. We must continue to fight for every child in Pennsylvania to be able to live, learn and play in buildings and spaces free from exposure to lead.”With $7.6 million provided last year, the governor has invested $11.9 million for lead paint stabilization at the city’s schools over two years. The district has also provided $11 million and, since June 2018, will have completed lead paint stabilization projects at 32 elementary schools by the start of the school year. Nearly 18,000 students will attend schools with lead safe environments and a new coat of paint in classrooms, auditoriums, cafeterias, and gyms.“We are continuing our commitment to address the environmental hazards in our schools for the school children of Philadelphia, their parents and the folks who work in toxic conditions daily,” said Sen. Hughes. “A little more than a year ago, I stood with Gov. Wolf to announce funding for emergency cleanups in our city schools and we pledged to do better for our children. We are making progress, but there is still work to do and we need larger buy-in from our colleagues in the General Assembly to attack the school infrastructure problem our commonwealth faces. We will not stop fighting until every school in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania is safe, healthy and clean. Thank you to Gov. Wolf for continuing to support the health of our students and for securing $11.9 million for school cleanups over the past two years.”“The health and safety of our students are our highest priorities,” said Dr. William Hite, superintendent. “The School District of Philadelphia is grateful for Governor Wolf’s support, which will help supplement the work the district is doing to ensure each student is able to learn in a welcoming and vibrant school. Much of this work occurred this summer, as our maintenance and facilities staff have been working tirelessly to make sure classrooms are ready for students on the first day of school. All students, no matter where they live or attend school, deserve to learn in modernized environments that will best position them for academic success.”The governor also explained how his Restore Pennsylvania proposal would help Philadelphia and schools across Pennsylvania to address lead and other contaminants. Restore Pennsylvania would be funded by monetizing a commonsense severance tax. Over the next four years, $4.5 billion would be provided for high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth.The proposed investment would help communities with initiatives such as removing lead paint, protecting against flash flooding, combating blight, and expanding high-speed internet and green infrastructure. All projects that communities need but lack the necessary funding to complete.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NLRB considers if college players are employees

first_imgNorthwestern quarterback Kain Colter speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan., 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO (AP) — A federal agency kicked off the first in a series of hearings Wednesday on whether to approve a bid by Northwestern football players to unionize, and both sides acknowledged the key question was whether college athletes can be considered employees.During a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chicago, lawyers for the proposed union and the university agreed that if college football players qualify as employees, they can legally form the first-of-its-kind union and if not, they can’t.“That is the key threshold issue,” university attorney Alex Barbour said.If the union, called the College Athletes Players Association, or CAPA, eventually gets the green light, advocates says it will provide athletes a vehicle to lobby for financial security and improved safety on the field.This first attempt is being closely watched, with the expectation that, if it succeeds, other college teams nationwide could quickly follow suit.The players’ attorney John Adam argued his clients met the definition of employees because they put in 40-hour workweeks during the season, are managed by coaches and receive payment in the form of scholarships.“They are entitled to be represented by a union … to bring a voice” to their grievances, he said.Barbour disagreed. He told the hearing scholarships aren’t divvied out as wages.“Scholarships are for getting an education,” he said. “It is not a form of compensation for playing football.”Supporters stretch the definition of employees too far, he argued. And he said it would raise other questions, including whether walk-ons without scholarships could be in the union.Wednesday’s hearing was meant to identify main points of contention, not to thrash them out in detail. That happens next week with three days of testimony. A decision on whether CAPA can organize could come soon after.One witness who will testify next week for those petitioning for the union will be Wildcats’ outgoing senior quarterback, Kain Colter.Colter and former UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma, CAPA’s designated president, announced the formation of the union last month. United Steelworkers said they were footing the legal bills.For now, the push is to unionize athletes at private schools, like Northwestern. Public universities, which are subject to different regulations, could follow laterAfter Wednesday’s hearing, which lasted less than an hour, Northwestern distributed a statement reiterating its opposition to the union at the Evanston, Ill.-based school.“We do not regard, and have never regarded, our football program as a commercial enterprise,” said Alan K. Cubbage, the vice president for university relations.But Adam told reporters after the hearing that football players generate hundreds of millions of dollars for schools annually. So, he said, universities’ insistence on calling them “student athletes” was inaccurate.“This is a myth that we intend to demolish,” he said.___Follow Michael Tarm at https://twitter.com/mtarmlast_img read more