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Catholic schools & the state budget

For most Pennsylvanians, this time of year means leisurely vacations, picnics and displays of fireworks.  For some in Harrisburg, unfortunately, June and July can mean long hours, anxiety and a different kind of fireworks – the political debate about the state budget. The downtu
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PA Bishops’ Message to College Students

As students prepare to begin college classes next month, it is an opportune time to revisit the Pennsylvania bishops’ letter to Catholic students, Your Catholic Faith on Campus. In the letter, the bishops encourage students to “use this opportunity not simply for specializ
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Federal stimulus dollars for PA’s education budget

Pennsylvania will receive millions of dollars through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Under the governor’s proposed budget, some of these Stimulus dollars will be used to support a proposed 5.7% increase in the public school state subsidy. State government le
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Letter to legislative leaders: fairness for nonpublic schools

PCC Executive Director, Dr. Robert J. O’Hara, sent the following letter to legislative leaders in the state House and Senate on June 29, 2009: The parents of Catholic school students understand that tough economic times require all of us to make the most of limited resources. We
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Educational Tax Credits Exhausted for 2008-2009

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program is fully subscribed for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. According to the State Department of Community and Economic Development, businesses have submitted enough applications to use all of the EITC credits for the fourth year in a row.
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EITC saves tax dollars

The REACH Foundation released a report that shows the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program saves state money.In the new study, The Fiscal Impact of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, the author, Andrew T. Lefevre – a state expert on school choice –
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The Pope’s new social networking website

In honor of World Communications Day on May 23, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI launched a new website linking users to the Vatican’s presence on popular social networks like Facebook and YouTube.  The new website is http://pope2you.net/index.php
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Pennsylvanians named to Bishops’ child & youth protection National Review Board

Mike Clark, a Pittsburgh TV news anchor, and Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., president of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, have been named to the National Review Board for three-year terms beginning June 1. In addition, Stephen A. Zappala Jr., Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Count
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Crash Course in New Technology

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Institute for Public Policy takes advantage of some exciting new Internet technology to maximize the usefulness and effectiveness of its website, pacatholic.org. This crash course in new technology will help online users get the most out of the web
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