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Issues in Education – Budgets, Absentees, Commencement Addresses – 5/20/24

Issues in Education – Budgets, Absentees, Commencement Addresses – 5/20/24

 

School Budget Vote in New York

Combatting Chronic Absenteeism

Controversial Graduation Speech

 

 

Dr. Ralph Kerr with the “Teaching and Learning Institute” sounds off on the important issues impacting our public schools each Monday on “Issues in Education”

 

Capital Connection – PA and NY’s biggest issues of the week – 5/17/24

Capital Connection – PA and NY’s biggest issues of the week – 5/17/24

Planned Parenthood Closing Up Shop at a PA location

Why Assisted Suicide is Bad Medicine

Trump Effect on State-by-state Races

Nassau County’s Transgender Athlete Ban

What to Watch for in the Closing Days of the Legislative Sessions

 

Christian lobbyists Jason McGuire and Michael Geer discuss the issues that impact Christian voters on this weeks’ edition of “Capital Connection”

 

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Can we even have conversations, in a contentious election year? – 5/14/23

Can we even have conversations, in a contentious election year? – 5/14/23

 “Don’t talk about Religion or Politics” …. so they say. 

But our guest on this Family Life News Feature says our faith can help us talk about tough topics — at work, with friends, and even in our families and congregations.

 

Focus on the Family counselor Joanie DeBrito offers advice for people who have strong opinions, but might feel afraid to raise an argument on political or social Hot Topics. She says it takes wisdom, humility and self-control. Also, Christians (and others) need to be discerning. With some people who don’t listen well and have no motivation to remain civil, it often is wise to decline to discuss elections and candidates. However, Dr. DeBrito says politics does not have to stay “off the table” if you and the other person are open to listening respectfully, being fair, and being both firm in your convictions and willing to learn something new.

How to have good conversations, even in a contentious election year and a divisive culture … today on this Family Life News podcast.

 

Dr. Joanie DeBrito is a coach at Hope Restored Aftercare and a columnist and consultant with Focus on the Family.  She has 30+ years experience as a therapist and counselor.

Here are links to her work at Hope Restored and Focus.

Some of her columns and blogs about marriage, parenting and family matters can be found here and here.

 

 

Issues in Education – 5/13/24

Issues in Education – 5/13/24

Dr. Ralph Kerr discusses the weighty issues in the news as they pertain to public education on this week’s edition of “Issues in Education”

  • Punishing Anarchists on College Campuses
  • School Budget Preview in NY
  • Those Accountable for FAFSA Woes Held Accountable

 

 

“Issues in Education” airs most Mondays during the academic year during the Family Life Noon Report. Dr. Ralph Kerr, a long-time principal and superintendent directs the Teaching and Learning Institute which advocates for students, families and educators from a Christian vantage point.

 

 

Capital Connection – This week’s legislative & social issues, in PA & NY – 5/10/24

Capital Connection – This week’s legislative & social issues, in PA & NY – 5/10/24

Capital Connection” – This week’s legislative & social issues, in NY & PA – 5/10/24

Equality Amendment Gets the Boot

Proposed Tax Cut in Pa

Protecting Women’s Sports

Assisted Suicide Runs out of Steam

Anarchy in Academia

 

Christian Watchdogs Jason McGuire and Michael Geer discuss the latest issues in the news from Albany and Harrisburg on this  edition of Family Life’s “Capital Connection”. 

Listen each Friday during the legislative seasons — airing on the Family Life Noon Report, plus available from our podcast feeds and live streams.

         

Capital Connection – 5/03/24

Capital Connection – 5/03/24

Family Life’s “Capital Connection” – 5/03/24

Anti War Protests on U-S College Campuses

Medical Aid in Dying Act

School Choice in the PA Budget

New York’s War on Pregnancy Help Centers

McCormick / Casey Race Tightens

 

Christian watchdogs Jason McGuire with New York Families and Michael Geer with the Pennsylvania Family Institute discuss the weighty issues in the news from Albany and Harrisburg

Issues in Education – 4/22/24

Issues in Education – 4/22/24

Issues in Education” – Family Life Radio Network – 4/22/24

  • Should cell phones be banned in the classroom?
  • Four-Day School Weeks are now an option in Pennsylvania
  • The New York Legislature’s delays on approving a state budget puts unneeded pressure on local school boards and superintendents

Dr. Ralph Kerr is a Christian advocate for public education in Pennsylvania and New York.  The longtime school administrator founded the Teaching and Learning Institute, and he joins the Family Life Noon Report on Mondays to talk about schools, voters, parents, teachers and students.

Capital Connection – 4/19/24

Capital Connection – 4/19/24

Christian watchdogs Jason McGuire (who leads the New York Families Foundation) and Michael Geer (who leads the Pennsylvania Family Institute) discuss the weighty issues in the news each Friday on Family Life’s “Capital Connection“.  Here’s what’s happening this week:

  • New York’s Parental Replacement Act
  • Punishing De-Transitioners in Pennsylvania
  • Limits on Cellphones in School
  • Abortion Extremism in the NYS Budget
  • Previewing Primary Day in PA

 

Followup:

Today’s conversation mentioned Chloe Cole, whose body was medically transformed when she was underaged — starting at 12 years old. Her personal dilemmas continued through her teen years, and as a young adult she underwent a “de-transitioning” in order to be a female. She talked about her life and her unique perspective on the so-called “gender-affirming” social movement at her Capitol Hill testimony in 2023. The August 2 Family Life News Feature offered highlights of her first-person presentation, and you can hear, share or download it from FamilyLife.org/newspodcasts.

 

For more information:

NewYorkFamilies.org

PAFamily.org

Capital Connection – Politics & Easter, Marijuana Biz, and more – 4/05/24

Capital Connection – Politics & Easter, Marijuana Biz, and more – 4/05/24

Capital Connection – Politics & Easter, Marijuana Biz, and more – 4/05/24

This week’s Capital Connection roundtable examines the “big issues” in New York and Pennsylvania. The agenda for this episode includes:

  • Politics and faith had a big overlap during Easter Week, with Joe Biden’s triple Sunday proclamations and Donald Trump’s promotion of a specialty Bible
  • Legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania could trigger the same economic, criminal and social problems other states have already seen
  • Phrasing of a New York legislative proposal affects the debate: is it “death with dignity” or “physician-assisted suicide”?
  • Some legislators recommend action that could affect PA charter schools, limiting some families’ school choice

Dan Bartkowiak substitutes for Michael Geer this week. Bartkowiak is the Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Family Institute. [ online at PAFamily.com ]

Jason McGuire is Executive Director of the New York Families Federation.  [ online at NewYorkFamilies.org ] In this podcast, McGuire explains the “rebranding” of that group, previously called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms.

Capital Connection – 3/22/24

Capital Connection – 3/22/24

Capital Connection” on Family Life

Two family-values watchdogs join the Family Life Noon Report each Friday, to recap and analyze the biggest social, cultural and political stories of the week. Among the events and issues on the agenda for Jason McGuire and Michael Geer this week:

  • New York is losing support for government support of legalized marijuana (but doubling down anyway)
  • Pro-abortion matters in the PA legislature and pro-life matters in a number of Pennsylvania communities
  • Bypassing doctors, Governor Hochul says pharmacies can dispense abortion-inducing drugs, without a prescription
  • The start of “March Madness” is a prime time to evaluate sports betting in our two states

Jason McGuire is executive director of an advocacy/educational group which recently updated its name and logo to reemphasize its mission: New York Families.

Michael Geer founded the Pennsylvania Family Institute in 1989, serving as its president since that time.

 

For further information:

PAfamily.org       NewYorkFamilies.org       FamilyLife.org/newspodcasts

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