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Mantra #1 of investigative journalism: Follow the money. My early investigation into the branding campaign that accompanied State Senators Tommy Tomlinson’s and Andy Dinniman’s press conference regarding PASSHE secession legislation is leading down some interesting paths to say the least.  Exhibit A: Senators Tomlinson and Dinniman have hired the same public relations/lobbying firm that is entrenched [...]

Editor’s Note: Later today, PA Senators Tomlinson (R) and Dinniman (D) are expected to unveil their proposal to allow PASSHE universities to secede from the state system and become a “state-related” university like Penn State or Temple. Raging Chicken Press was the first to report on Tomlinson and Dinniman’s plans last month. Following our story, [...]

Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry

March 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The oil and gas industry, the nation’s chambers of commerce, and politicians who are dependent upon campaign contributions from the industry and the chambers, claim fracking is safe. First, close your mind to the myriad scientific studies that show the health effects from fracking. Close your mind to the well-documented evidence of the environmental impact. [...]

Frack THIS Eagle Scout

March 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Rex W. Tillerson, a resident of Bartonville, Texas, like many of his neighbors was upset with his city council. That’s not unusual. Many residents get upset at their local governing boards. And so they went to a city council meeting to express their concerns that the council was about to award a construction permit. The [...]

If the fall 2013 semester saw the term “retrenchment” – the elimination of faculty, programs, and jobs – become part of daily conversations on campuses of Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities (PASSHE), during the next several months we may witness the birth of the next phase in the slow destruction of public higher education in the Commonwealth. [...]

This past Tuesday, Rick Smith talked with Rhonda Brownstein, Executive Director of the Education Law Center of PA, to get a reality check on Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2014-15 budget as it relates to funding  public education in PA. While Corbett’s budget provides some additional funds for Special Education and Early Childhood Education, you won’t [...]

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