Rep. Rozzi: “We must prioritize recruiting and retaining talented teachers to ensure that children throughout Pennsylvania can thrive and reach their full potential.” Read more
At the top of the list to address the teacher crisis is House Bill 688, sponsored by state Rep. Mark Rozzi of Berks County, which establishes a new scholarship program for aspiring educators. Read more
House Democrats want to make sure we do our small part to repay the sacrifice of our servicemembers and their families. We can start by doing everything we can to make it easier for families of our men and women in uniform to afford the education they need for a better future. Read more
“Educators are among the most qualified and credentialed professionals, yet they are also deeply burdened with loans stemming from higher education. We need to establish stronger incentives to attract professionals to the field and keep quality teachers here in Pennsylvania,” Rozzi said. Read more
“We find ourselves in a serious teacher shortage in Pennsylvania and if we don’t quickly find solutions, this crisis will only worsen when more teachers leave and they are leaving,” said Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks County, the bill’s sponsor. Read more
“Teacher Pipeline Scholarship recipients would be required to stay here in Pennsylvania for however many years they received the scholarship. This ensures that these state dollars go hard at work for local K-12 students while simultaneously addressing our state’s worsening teacher shortage,” Rozzi said. Read more
“Republicans and Democrats together, we’ve always come through for victims. Now it’s time that the Senate comes through and moves one of these four pieces of legislation that they will have to give victims their day in court,” Rozzi said. Read more
“Today we pass House Bill 1, sending the fourth piece of legislation over to the Senate to give victims what they’ve always wanted,” Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, the bill’s prime sponsor, said during floor remarks Tuesday. Read more
“Victims have waited long enough. The gamesmanship, the playing politics has got to stop,” said Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks County). Read more
Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, introduced legislation to create the Pennsylvania Teach Scholarship Program, which would offer a scholarship of up to $7,000 a year — $28,000 total — to eligible students studying at a Pennsylvania school. Read more
The organization thanks state Reps. Mark Rozzi, Manny Guzman, and Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz for their support. Read more
The project garnered support from Rep. Manny Guzman, Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz and Rep. Mark Rozzi, who all represent parts of Reading. Read more
Sen. Judy Schwank and Rep. Mark Rozzi worked in tandem to secure the funding. The lawmakers said the funding dovetails nicely with PennDOT’s ongoing Carsonia Avenue and Friedensburg Road bridge replacement intersection improvement project and Antietam School District’s Stony Creek rehabilitation project. Read more
“These grants will increase job opportunities and transportation options in Reading, two revitalization initiatives that go hand in hand,” Rozzi said. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 6 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, is introducing legislation to help remedy Pennsylvania’s teacher shortage and encourage students to pursue education degrees. Rozzi’s bill would establish the PA Teach Scholarship Program. This program would provide a scholarship of up to $8,000 per year, $32,000 in total, to eligible students studying at one of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education schools. To be eligible, students would have to be enrolled in a primary or secondary education program or in a student teaching role. “The demand for teachers continues to grow, but the supply of educators has not kept up. One reason for this is the astronomical price tag that comes with earning a degree here in Pennsylvania,” Rozzi said. “My bill would help ease the financial burden of earning an education degree, therefore incentivizing students to enter the field.” In addition to encouraging students to pursue teaching, Rozzi’s bill would ensure that their talents stay in the state and benefit Pennsylvania children. After graduating, scholarship recipients would have two requirements to meet, or they would have to reimburse the commonwealth all amounts received. One is to commence employment in Pennsylvania within one year of graduating. The second is to work within the commonwealth for a period of one year for each academic year that the student received a PA Teach scholarship. “Less and Read more
“These funds are sitting in the rainy day fund,” Rozzi said, referring to the state’s emergency savings account. “Well, for our teachers, it’s pouring and our educators are drowning.” Read more
Elevating Educators contains a Rep. Rozzi bill that would create a Teacher Scholarship Program. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Mark Rozzi discusses the rules he drafted while holding the position of House Speaker. The "Rozzi Rules" were adopted March 1. Rozzi says his set of rules will put an end to partisan games by giving the minority party a larger presence on committees, change the constitutional amendment process and create a safer work environment. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today introduced two additional pieces of legislation that would reform Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse victims. His legislation would open a two-year window during which victims could file civil lawsuits against their abusers, regardless of when the abuse occurred. Rozzi’s bills, introduced today during regular session, H.B. 1 and H.B. 2, have the same goals as their special-session companion bills passed last week. H.B. 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would reform the state’s statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse survivors. If adopted, the amendment would open a retroactive two-year window for victims to pursue legal action against abusers and those who aided in covering up their abuse. Through its constitutional amendment route, H.B. 1 would ultimately require approval of Pennsylvania voters. If the Senate passes this bill, it could be on the ballot for the November 2023 election. Rozzi initially introduced this amendment nearly two years ago with Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair/Huntingdon. H.B. 2 aims to achieve the same goal, but instead go through the typical legislative process. For the two-year window to open, it would need to pass the Senate and then be signed into law by Gov. Josh Shapiro. “We just passed Special Session House Bills 1 and 2 that aim to open a two-year window where childhood sexual abuse victims could Read more
HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, reformed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ operating rules under his “Rozzi Rules,” which the House adopted today. Rozzi’s platform for speakership was a promise to operate the House independently, ensuring that both sides are heard and have a fair chance to run their bills. He accomplished this in the rules he drafted by changing how committees operate and their composition as well as streamlining the constitutional amendment process. Committee changes include the process to discharge a bill and committees’ bipartisan makeup. Under these rules, no committee chair will have the sole ability to stop a good bill with bipartisan support from being considered or allow a bill to bounce between different committees indefinitely. The minority party will also have a larger presence on all standing committees with a 12-9 split. The House Appropriations Committee will have a 22-15 split. Furthermore, any minority committee chair is entitled to invite at least one testifier to hearings. “House committees play a major role in what pieces of legislation receive a full House vote. By re-evaluating how they operate, who serves on them and the powers they have, it can drastically change what bills make it into the House chamber, and ultimately to the governor,” Rozzi said. “These new rules are a significant improvement from decades prior, ensuring that both sides Read more
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