Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College Residents

first_img January 30, 2018 National Issues,  Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections State College, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Penn State University faculty and students, community leaders, and residents for a non-partisan panel discussion on gerrymandering in the commonwealth. Nearly 100 constituents joined the discussion on how the current Congressional map affects their representation and how they feel redistricting should be approached. This is the first in a series of listening sessions the governor will hold across Pennsylvania in advance of the February 9 deadline for the General Assembly to deliver a redrawn Congressional map.“It’s important that we engage in open and transparent conversation on gerrymandering,” said Governor Wolf. “This is not a partisan issue and I want to make it clear that the people of Pennsylvania are the ones leading this charge.”Along with Governor Wolf, panelists included Zak Kalp, Penn State University senior and President of Better Politics PSU; Dr. Jessica O’Hara, Associate Teaching Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University; Dr. Bradford Vivian, Associate Professor in Communications Arts and Sciences, Penn State University, and Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation; Debbie Trudeau, Fair Districts PA; and Jonathan Marks, Commissioner, Department of State Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation.Last week Governor Wolf announced he will enlist a non-partisan mathematician, Moon Duchin, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Mathematics from Tufts University, to provide him with guidance on evaluating redistricting maps for fairness. Governor Wolf has it made clear since the Supreme Court ruled the map unconstitutional that he sees this as an opportunity to eliminate partisan gerrymandering and deliver the people of Pennsylvania a fair Congressional map. Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College Residentscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Former NDMC chairman asks Sisodia to compare Delhi-run and NDMC-run govt schools

first_imgFormer NDMC chairman Umesh Sehgal has asked Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to compare the Delhi government-run schools, and the schools run by the New Delhi Municipal Council, which comes under the Centre.His reaction came after Sisodia challenged BJP working president JP Nadda to compare the top 10 government schools in the BJP-ruled states, with the ones under the AAP government and then debate after Nadda had claimed that the AAP in Delhi had become a laughing shock.What Umesh Sehgal wrote in his letter “I read with interest your challenge to compare the best 10 government schools with the best in any of the other states. Please note that for comparison purposes you do not have to go anywhere else, please compare your schools with those run by the NDMC! Even your best 10 with their worst 10,” wrote Umesh Sehgal.”This will not just be an idle boast but may prove a wake-up call for you and maybe enable you to take effective steps to improve your own schools even further,” he wrote.”Training teachers abroad may seem an attractive idea but it is uselessly expensive. Recruiting better teachers and arranging both off the job and on the job training here may be a better idea,” the letter said.” Please give up your uselessly expensive ‘cameras in classrooms’ scheme, the government cannot be seen spying on its teachers and students. Also, do not build classrooms in vacant land or open mobile clinics and so on, this land be used to develop sports and recreational activities in the school,” Sehgal added.advertisementManish Sisodia’s tweet:I challenge @JPNadda & @VijayGoelBJP to choose top 10 govt schools of BJP education model from any BJP state. I’ll choose top 10 govt schools of Kejriwal education model. I’ll visit your schools, you can visit ours. Let’s then debate- what’s laughing stock and what makes one cryManish Sisodia (@msisodia) June 30, 2019What was the debate about?Addressing BJP Delhi leaders on Saturday on the second day of the state working committee’s meeting, Nadda asked them to work together for the Delhi assembly elections due early next year. Referring to the 2015 Assembly election results, where the Aam Aadmi Party had won 67 of the 70 seats, Nadda claimed the people of Delhi were now realising what the leaders had actually done.”They (AAP) have become the laughing stock. Delhi, being the national capital, needs leadership which has a serious vision for the city,” he said.Nadda claimed the people were not happy with the Arvind Kejriwal-led government. “I am fully confident that we will succeed in Delhi,” the BJP working president said.Reacting sharply to Nadda’s words, the Delhi deputy minister said, “By calling the choice made by the people of Delhi a subject of ridicule. I want to remind him about what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his maiden speech in the new Lok Sabha. He said that when some people make fun of the elected government, they are making fun of the people of the country. Perhaps Nadda-Ji’s views differ from the prime minister’s.”Read: Govt. taking steps to promote regional languages in higher education: HRD Minister Ramesh PokhriyalRead: Lok Sabha passes Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre Bill 2019: Colleges, universities to be considered single unitRead: Arts integrated pedagogy can strengthen academic learninglast_img read more