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PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER LEGISLATION INTENDED TO REDUCE SCHOOL STRIKES NOV. 26

PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER LEGISLATION
 INTENDED TO REDUCE SCHOOL STRIKES NOV. 26
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- State Rep. Ron Cowell, D-Allegheny, today announced the House Education Committee next Tuesday, Nov. 26, will consider legislation intended to reduce school strikes in Pennsylvania.
 Cowell, committee chairman, said the panel will vote on Senate Bill 727 that was approved by the state Senate last month.
 "I believe the legislature can and must approve amendments to Act 195 to help reduce the number of school strikes in the Commonwealth and to shorten the length of strikes when they do occur," said Cowell.
 The legislator explained the Senate-approved bill provides a base for legislative changes to Act 195, but that he will suggest the House expand the provisions of the bill deal with two issues not addressed by the Senate.
 "Parents resent strikes which occur with little or no notice and such situations are dangerous to children that may be left without proper supervision in school or at home," added Cowell. "I will suggest an amendment to Senate Bill 727 which would require school employees to give 36 hours notice before beginning any school strike."
 In addition, the Allegheny County legislator said he will suggest an amendment that would permit the secretary of education to have standing to seek court action in situations in long strikes that threaten the ability of a school district to provide 180 days of school.
 "The legislature has said by law that 180 days of school each year is an issue important to school children and we should empower the secretary of education with more authority to ask the courts to enforce the law," Cowell added.
 Cowell also noted that the committee probably will consider some fine tuning of other provisions in Senate Bill 727 which deal with the bargaining schedule, fact-finding and arbitration in negotiations between school districts and school employees.
 "In the final analysis," he said, "I am confident that we can work with the Senate to send to the governor legislation which will protect the rights of school employees while better serving the interest of school children by reducing the number and length of school strikes in Pennsylvania."
 The committee will meet Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 418, Main Capitol Building.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Boyle of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 717-787-7895/ CO: Pennysylvania House of Representatives ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: LEG SE-KJ -- PG009 -- 5161 11/19/91 17:46 EST
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