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PAsmart Grants Available to Advance Science and Technology Education

Up to $20 million in PAsmart grants are available to prepare students for the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science (CS).

The Department of Education will award $20 million for STEM and computer science education through PAsmart Targeted PreK-12 grants and Advancing grants. The Department of Labor and Industry will soon announce applications for $10 million for apprenticeships and industry partnerships. Funding for career and technical education also increased by $10 million.

The deadline for submitting Targeted grant applications to PDE is Friday, December 20, 2019. Advancing grant applications must be submitted to PDE by Friday, January 10, 2020. Grant applications and additional information is available on the PDE website.

Senate Supports Stronger Penalties Against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking hurts families in every region of the Commonwealth. I was proud to support a bill last week that would create stronger penalties against all individuals who support the exploitation of victims.

The bill would ensure the most serious offenders who directly participate in the trafficking of minors for prostitution and related crimes could face imprisonment of 40 years or more. Fines and penalties against offenders who solicit the services of human trafficking victims would also see significant increases, including fines of up to $50,000 for repeat offenders.

Bill Providing New Resources for Pediatric Cancer Research Earns Senate Approval

A cancer diagnosis is one of the most terrifying events that any family can face, and the concerns are compounded when the patient is a child. I recently supported passage of a bill in the Senate that would provide new resources for pediatric cancer research in order to support better treatments and stronger outcomes for young patients.

The bill would create a tax credit program for qualifying donations to a Pennsylvania pediatric cancer research hospital. The plan could help generate up to $100 million in private donations to support childhood cancer research over the next 10 years.

PennDOT Encourages Students to Explore Solutions to Roadside Litter

PennDOT is encouraging students in 9th through 12th grades to participate in the statewide Innovations Challenge program, which challenges young people to solve real-world transportation problems. The 2019-20 challenge is focused on finding efficient and effective ways to control roadside litter. PennDOT spent nearly $13 million cleaning up roadside litter last year.

Prizes totaling $3,000 will awarded as part of the contest. The deadline to apply is December 20. More details about the program are available here.

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