Governor Wolf Discusses the Impact of Funding Increases in Luzerne County during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tour May 08, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Hazleton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his “Schools That Teach” tour in Luzerne County, where he heard from teachers and administrators in the Hazleton Area School District about their plans to ensure that education funding from his 2015-16 budget goes directly into the classroom.“Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom in the country in state funding for K through 12 education and my proposed budget makes historic investments at all levels – early childhood education through higher education,” said Governor Wolf. “After years of funding cuts that resulted in the loss of educators, increased class sizes, and cuts to valuable programs, I want to ensure that the new funding in my budget reaches the classroom and directly impacts student achievement. Focusing on education will allow us to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.”In a roundtable discussion at Hazle Township Early Learning Center, Governor Wolf heard from school leaders and stakeholders about their plans to support summer learning programs and alternate school settings, as well as reduce class sizes at the elementary level as a direct result of the $1.5 million basic education funding increase to their district.“This is an important opportunity for districts to have comprehensive conversations about how to invest this funding on proven resources and programs that will improve student learning,” Governor Wolf said. “What is being proposed here in the Hazleton Area School District is a prime example of a plan that will ensure this historic education investment reaches the classroom while providing clear benchmarks to measure the results of student achievement.”“Governor Wolf has a tremendous vision for public education,” Hazleton Area School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Antonelli said. “It was evident today that he has a passion for children and for doing what’s right for our students by providing the necessary funds for them to succeed, not only in school, but in a 21st century economy.”In March, Department of Education Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera sent a letter to superintendents in all 500 districts detailing accountability measures to ensure the education funding proposed in Governor Wolf’s 2015-2016 budget is spent directly on students in the classroom to allow them to compete in a modern economy. In the letter, Acting Secretary Rivera called on districts to submit plans to ensure this new investment reaches the classroom and to measure results for Pennsylvania’s students.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # Press Release, Schools That Teach
Governor Announces Secretary Kathy Manderino Leaving Department of Labor and Industry to Join Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board July 14, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Latest News, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Secretary Kathy Manderino is leaving the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) to join the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, effective August 1. The Governor has named Robert O’Brien acting secretary.“Throughout her career, from her service in the state legislature to working in the private sector or leading the Department of Labor and Industry, Kathy has always served with distinction for the people of Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “I thank Kathy for her tremendous contributions to the department and I have great confidence in Bob to continue leading the department forward.”“Being chosen by Governor Wolf to lead the Department of Labor and Industry is one of my greatest honors, and I look forward to a new chapter on the gaming board.” said Secretary Manderino. “I am especially proud to have worked side by side with the agency’s dedicated public servants. Our accomplishments are transforming L&I to better provide services to the residents of Pennsylvania.”Under Secretary Manderino’s leadership, L&I:Increased overall efficiency at the State Workers Insurance Fund through the use of continued process improvements and targeted investments in employee skill development to improve the premium to loss ratio by 22 percent;Improved the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund expenses by bringing third party claims in-house and saving more than $500,000 annually;Implemented a virtual phone system and internet claims filing for unemployment insurance to enhance customer service and instituted continuous process improvements to enable the unemployment compensation system to exceed federal performance benchmarks, which the state had not been achieving for many years;Increased enforcement of safety provisions to protect Pennsylvania’s patients and workers through Acts 72 and 102;Added 1,714 new apprentices and 66 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide through the newly-created Apprenticeship Training Office; andIncreased vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment – in 2016, Pennsylvania had 13,187 individuals with a disability enter the workforce, the largest of any state in the nation.Prior to her appointment in 2015, Secretary Manderino was campaign manager of The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, a broad-based statewide coalition that advocates for a fair and adequate funding formula for public education in Pennsylvania. She also served as senior vice president of Intercommunity Action Inc., and for 18 years was a Pennsylvania state representative for the 194th district in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. Prior to being elected to public office, Secretary Manderino was a private practice attorney in Philadelphia.“It has been my honor to have worked with Secretary Manderino the past two years,” said O’Brien. “Her dedication to the department and the people of Pennsylvania has been truly inspiring. I want to thank Governor Wolf for the opportunity to serve as Acting Secretary.”O’Brien currently serves as L&I’s executive deputy secretary, assisting Secretary Manderino with the day-to-day operations of the department.After graduating from Pierce College in 1974, O’Brien began a 28-year career in the construction industry as a sheet metal journeyman, foreman and general foreman. He also held elected office in Sheet Metal Workers Union Local # 19 and served as director of political education from 1998 until March 2003.O’Brien joined L&I in 2003 as Director of the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance and was executive deputy secretary from 2008 until leaving the department in 2011 to become the principal and managing director of the North Second Street Group.O’Brien is also a member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Committee (GOSH).
TAKE A LOOK: Inside 19 Orion Avenue.AFTER renting for a few years in a home that was on one of the smaller residential blocks in Kedron, Amanda Brooks wanted space for her family.The expansive home at 19 Orion Ave in Eatons Hill seemed to have all the room they wanted.Plenty of space.The four-bedroom home sits on a 1031sq m block in a quiet cul-de-sac near a park and the South Pine River.“We wanted a bit more roomfor the growing family, and we’ve got a couple of dogs as well,”Ms Brooks said.Modern living.The large yard gave her enough room to start experimenting with growing their own food.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe garden now includes a lemon tree, chilli bush, banana tree and even an avocado tree, which is due to fruit within the next year or so.“I got it when it was in a pot and they take about five or six years to fruit,” she said.Inside, the home is centred on a large open plan living area with a dining room, living room and kitchen with high, cathedral ceilings.“It is very communal,” Ms Brooks said.Hidden in plain sight.The home embraces natural colours with exposed timber in the high ceilings, timber flooring in the kitchen and sunlights in the ceiling to bring in natural light.In the backyard, there is an inground swimming pool that is given extra privacy as it backs on to the bottom of a rock face.“It gives it a bit of texture and colour,” Ms Brooks said.3D floor plan.In the family’s time at the home, Ms Brooks said they had updated a lot of the rooms of the home, with new granite benchtops and a new dishwasher in the kitchen, new tiles in the bathroom and ensuite and new curtains and blinds.With the family selling up to move to NSW, she hoped a young family would move in to the home.The home is on the market now through Re/Max Albany Creek.