Holocaust Education Successfully Reaches 93% of the Public and Charter Schools in Pennsylvania

November 9, 2017

The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (PJC) commends the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Act 70 of 2014 Task Force (comprised of professional educators focused on the Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations) on reaching their goal of having guided over 90% of the Pennsylvania public and charter schools to offer instruction on the Holocaust and related issues in their curriculum. This morning the Pennsylvania Board of Education approved the survey of the state’s public and charter schools, confirming that 90% of these schools are sensitizing students to the Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations through such instruction. The Board likewise made recommendations for the Commonwealth to continue to update resources and training on these subjects.

Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition Applauds Trade Agreement between Pennsylvania and Israel

The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (PJC) commends the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to encourage cooperation in industrial research and development and innovation  between Israeli and Pennsylvania companies.  The MOU is being signed on November 6, 2017 at a ceremony at the Big Data & Digital Health Summit at Thomas Jefferson University at Jefferson Alumni Hall.

PA Budget Struggles Continue, Jewish Education Programs Sustained For Now

By Marissa Stern; Jewish Exponent
September 20, 2017
The ongoing budget crisis the state has faced since approving a spending plan in late June is full of big numbers and bigger confusion — namely how to pay for the already approved spending plan.
But it seems that maybe — hopefully — a solution is near.
Late on Sept. 13, the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives approved a revenue package proposal that, if approved by the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, would end the state’s ongoing budget struggles for this fiscal year.