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Educational Savings Account Bill Clears Senate Committee

A plan to provide educational opportunities for at-risk students in Pennsylvania cleared a legislative hurdle on Tuesday, May 22, with the Senate Education Committee’s approval. The proposal, Senate Bill 2, backed by state Senator John DiSanto would create state-funded, flexible, spen
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Executive Changes at the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

There will be a shift at the helm of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference beginning June 1, 2018. Eric A. Failing, PCC’s current social concerns director, will assume the role upon the retirement of Robert J. O’Hara, Jr. after his 21 years as executive director. Prior to joining the P
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PA-CAPE Honors Achievements of Catholic School Administrators and Teachers

The Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education (PA CAPE) recently honored Pennsylvania’s brightest teachers, administrators, and schools in the private sector. The 2018 PA-CAPE Private School Teacher, Administrator, and School Awards included two winners from
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Urge Lawmakers to Expand Educational Opportunities – Increase EITC & OSTC

Budget negotiations for the 2018-2019 fiscal year are taking place soon, so NOW is the time to remind members of the General Assembly to support an increase to the widely successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. Each
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National School Choice Week Celebrated Across Pennsylvania

The cities of Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh provided the backdrop for students, teachers, parents and school choice supporters to celebrate National School Choice Week from January 21-27. Hundreds of Catholic school students attended the rallies, which were held in conjuncti
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Mid-Session Legislative Wrap Up

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is taking a mid-session break and will resume session late in January 2018. 2017 was a very busy year and more issues are on the horizon for 2018. Here is the status of the several high priority bills that are on the legislative agenda of the Pennsylv
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Fifth Consecutive Pope Francis Challenge, Just in Time for Thanksgiving

At Pope Francis’ first World Youth Day, he challenged all the young people to go home and do something inspiring. The students of Bishop Guilfoyle High School listened. In the heart of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, the students have completed their fifth consecutive Pope Francis C
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House Committee Approves Measure Condemning Child Pornography

The Health Committee within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved a resolution which condemns the free availability of pornography based on the public health hazard that it presents by harming children and families across the Commonwealth. “It’s a public awareness res
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Patriotic Club: Doing small things that make a big impact

“We are a group of students who care about our government, our veterans, and our country as a whole. And we’re doing small things that make a really big impact.” – Nate Roppelt, Sophomore, Holy Redeemer High School   A few summers ago, 12th-grader Ben Smith was working at a
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