Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
4/17/2014
Preparing PA Students for Careers

Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) took part in a House Majority Policy Committee hearing in Wilkes-Barre recently where members gathered information about how educational institutions are preparing their students for careers. Officials from Luzerne County Community College, Wilkes University, Penn State University, Misericordia University and the Pennsylvania College of Technology testified before the committee. Much of the testimony was aimed at the importance of tying workforce needs to academic curriculum and practical applications for learned skills to trades and other professions.

Committee OKs New Special Education Funding Plan
The House Education Committee overwhelmingly approved legislation creating a new formula for distributing state funding to school districts for special education. The legislation was drafted based on the findings of the Special Education Funding Commission, on which Peifer served as a member. Under House Bill 2138, the funding formula will include factors reflecting students’ needs based on three cost categories – low (category 1), moderate (category 2) and high (category 3). The formula will also include factors reflecting community differences such as market value/personal income aid ratio, equalized millage rate and small and rural school districts.

Second Amendment Action Day April 29
The ninth annual Second Amendment Action Day at the state Capitol is set for Tuesday, April 29, at 10 a.m. The event, which typically draws hundreds of people from across the Commonwealth, is an opportunity for lawmakers, organizations and individuals to show their support for protecting Second Amendment rights. Among those organizations expected to take part are the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, National Rifle Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Firearms Coalition, Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania and many more. The event will be streamed live at www.RepPeifer.com.

Veterans Outreach Assistance Available May 12
A reminder to area veterans that a representative of the American Legion Service Officer Outreach program is available at Rep. Mike Peifer’s (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) Honesdale office on the second Monday of each month. The next session is on Monday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program offers veterans assistance with compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to use the service. Appointments are required and may be made by calling my office at 570-253-5533.
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