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Open House This Weekend
Just as a reminder I will be hosting an Open House this Saturday, May 6, from 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. at my new Brookhaven District Office, 4110 Edgmont Avenue, 19015. This office will offer assistance to residents of the 9th Senatorial District with any state service they may require. All residents from the district are invited to come check out the new office, as well as meet myself and my staff. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP please call 610-447-3163.
My two new district offices get me closer to the residents of the district and allow me to save money in doing so. It is a great move for the tax payers of this district and I am looking forward to helping them with all of their state government needs.
Thanks to the Foxfield Community Group for joining me in our State Capitol last week.
Prepare for Tick Season in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases, with 7,351 confirmed cases in 2015 - or nearly a quarter of all U.S. cases. Preliminary numbers show an increase in 2016, and the mild winter meant an early start to tick activity in 2017.
Lyme disease is often transmitted through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick. Lyme disease is treatable, but there is no cure. Find out more here:
Citizens for the Arts visit to the Capitol
Senator Killion Introduces Legislation to Reform Keystone Exams
Last week I introduced legislation that would provide districts with alternative methods for students to demonstrate readiness for high school graduation, based on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Findings and Recommendations Pursuant to Act 1 of 2016 report submitted to the General Assembly in August 2016.
At the request of the General Assembly, the Department of Education, prepared this report with the help of educational professional across the state. The report was requested because there was question as to whether the Keystone Exams where going to be able to accomplish the intended goal. What we learned was that in some cases, the high-stakes testing posed a significant challenge for a notable segment of students who otherwise have demonstrated educational ability or career readiness.
As full implementation of the Keystone Exams moves closer, districts have shared alarming reports that indicate a significant number of students may not be eligible to graduate and be prevented from advancing on to the next phase of their life, even when job offers, college acceptance, or other types of service were waiting. The report identified several alternative methods that school districts can utilize to prove that a student is prepared for postsecondary educational opportunities or career success
Specifically, my legislation would adopt and implement two of the four options for students to demonstrate postsecondary readiness as follows:
Option 3: Demonstrate competency in standards-based subject matter content through course grades or assessments plus, for students who are identified as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators, demonstrate evidence of readiness for postsecondary success through National Occupancy Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)/National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Skills assessments or Competency Certificates; and
Option 4: Demonstrate competency in standards-based subject matter content through course grades or assessments plus evidence related to postsecondary plans that demonstrate readiness to meaningfully engage in those plans.
How We Can Help You
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How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district offices are located at:
4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.
780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
4110 Edgmont Ave
780 E. Market St