Education

Pittsburgh students need educational freedom, not more special interest funding

  • David P. Hardy
  • November 4, 2022

Pennsylvania’s leading gubernatorial candidates both support Lifeline Scholarships, a proposal to give students in underperforming schools around $7,000 in education funding. This is good news for Pittsburgh students, especially for those…

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Prosperity

Inflation is killing small business

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • November 4, 2022

Originally published at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Deeanna Hilliard closed her bakery in August. Gluten Free by D&D in Volant had survived pandemic restrictions and persistent worker shortages, but it…

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Fairness

Weingarten tour can’t rewrite years of learning losses

  • Nathan Benefield
  • November 4, 2022

Originally published at Broad + Liberty The American Federation of Teachers’ get-out-the-vote bus tour began its Pennsylvania leg in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The tour, designed to bolster left-wing candidates, comes…

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Criminal Justice Reform

Keeping kids in the community improves public safety

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • October 28, 2022

Originally published at City & State Pennsylvania Reforming the juvenile justice system is personal for Philadelphia native Jon Kelly.   “I cycled through several youth detention centers,”…

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Prosperity

‘Buzzkill’ School Boards Are Canceling Halloween

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • October 24, 2022

Originally published at The Philadelphia Inquirer Earlier this month, the Lower Merion school board canceled the district’s Halloween parades — ending a tradition that’s been around for more…

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Prosperity

Latest RGGI Lawsuit Highlights Increases in Electricity Prices

  • Gordon Tomb
  • October 21, 2022

Originally published in the Delaware Valley Journal Already struggling to cope with higher energy bills, Pennsylvanians are now experiencing double-digit rate hikes this fall. In September, some suppliers increased…

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Education

Extracurriculars Keep Our Students Safe

  • David P. Hardy
  • October 21, 2022

Originally published at The Philadelphia Citizen The murder outside the Roxborough High School and Boys’ Latin junior varsity football scrimmage is a heinous tragedy. Five teenagers were shot,…

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Fairness

PA Is the Epicenter of Democrats’ Political Spending

  • Nathan Benefield
  • October 19, 2022

Originally published at RealClearPennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro’s overflowing campaign coffers underscore the importance of Pennsylvania to national politics—and the influence of government unions in elections. With four…

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Fairness

Public-Sector Unions Struggle to Maintain Influence, Membership

  • Charles Mitchell
  • October 11, 2022

Originally published at Newsweek Some observers argue the labor movement in America is “having a moment,” but for the four largest public-sector workers’ unions—AFSCME, SEIU, NEA, and AFT—the “moment” is…

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Education

What Shapiro and Mastriano share in common

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • October 10, 2022

Originally published at The Philadelphia Inquirer The outsize personalities in the Senate race are taking up the oxygen from Pennsylvania’s more mundane gubernatorial race — and that’s a problem.

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Prosperity

No Carbon Taxation Without Representation? Pennsylvania Decides

  • Kevin Mooney
  • October 6, 2022

Originally published at the Daily Caller Pennsylvania voters who played an instrumental role in bringing an overreaching executive to heel during the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to…

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Fairness

Government unions have too much power

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • October 5, 2022

Originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette No one dominates political contributions like government unions. They spend millions on elections to buy their out-sized influence on officials and public policy. …

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Fairness

Unions should not trample the rights of government workers

  • Nathan Benefield
  • October 3, 2022

Originally published in The Patriot-News Four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that no government worker could be forced to pay into a union they…

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Education

The teacher shortage isn’t the real issue with Philly schools

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • September 26, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Daniel Nansi always dreamed that his daughter would go to school in America — until he landed in Philadelphia. Originally from Benin, a…

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