HDPC holds mental health discussion forum in Exton

HDPC holds mental health discussion forum in Exton

Mental health experts joined citizens and House Democratic Policy Committee members in Exton Friday to discuss how schools and legislators can better help students experiencing anxiety and other mental health problems.
 
Students at nearby Downingtown East High School have seen four classmates and recent graduates commit suicide between February 2018 and January 2019. The community has sought answers and help to deal with this crisis and prevent further tragedies.
Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Council introduces new prohibitions on e-cigs

Council introduces new prohibitions on e-cigs

Philadelphia City Council jumped into the electronic cigarettes debate through legislation introduced Thursday, which will limit sales of flavored and e-cigs with high concentrations of nicotine salts to adult-only stores requiring customers to verify their age of 18 or older.
 
The bill comes one day after Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced the pursuit of new regulations. There have been increased reports locally and nationally of people injured and dying from using electronic tobacco products.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Policy Committee considers student debt reform

Policy Committee considers student debt reform

Legislators, officials, and citizens gathered at a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee at Cabrini University Wednesday to discuss the growing problem of student debt in Pennsylvania, along with some ways the General Assembly can ease the burden.
 
Currently 1.7 million Pennsylvanians owe over $67 billion in student debt, according to the Student Borrower Protection Center. Of those amounts, $7.2 billion held by over 230,000 borrowers is delinquent. 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Philly students skipping classes draws criticism, without solutions, from state officials

Philly students skipping classes draws criticism, without solutions, from state officials

It’s been over three weeks since The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story showing students at Thomas Edison High School in North Philadelphia were going to school but not attending classes. So far, there have been calls for more data and better supervision, yet no tangible solutions offered by state-level officials. 
 
Students at Edison and other middle and high schools in Philadelphia mark themselves present at school by swiping identification at the front gate upon entering the building. However, there is no effective way to induce class attendance, nor a better way to monitor it besides the presiding teacher calling roll.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Bipartisan effort to provide “dignity for incarcerated women” in the works

Bipartisan effort to provide “dignity for incarcerated women” in the works

After nearly two years of meetings, tours, and discussions, lawmakers seeking to improve conditions for women in state correctional facilities may be close to introducing an omnibus bill.  

The process started with 15 different bills proposed in early 2018. This fall, both chambers may see one bill with five key recommendations submitted. 
Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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