Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Weekly Update: Announcing Reduction in PSSA Testing, Encouraging Stability for Insurance Premiums, Standing United Against Hate, Touting Economic Growth in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf By shortening the PSSA’s, we’re ensuring that our kids can focus more on learning in the classroom and less on preparing for one exam. https://t.co/SeFZrzgk6b— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 15, 2017 The Blog, Weekly Update Governor Wolf kicked off this week in Harrisburg with a joint announcement with the Department of Education regarding a reduction in testing time for the PSSA standardized tests. To address the concerns of students, parents, and educators, the Department of Education worked with stakeholders to reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent. On Thursday, the governor traveled to Pittsburgh to tout and discuss the benefits of the reductions with parents and educators.On Wednesday, Governor Wolf sent a letter to the PA Congressional Delegation regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the potential impact of terminating payments for cost-sharing reductions. The governor urged Congress and President Trump to continue payment of cost-sharing reductions for the remainder or 2017 and all of 2018 to ensure that insurance premiums in Pennsylvania, and across the country, remain stable.After the weekend events in Charlottesville, Governor Wolf condemned the hatred and bigotry of white supremacists. “The white supremacy rally in Charlottesville does not reflect the values we hold as Pennsylvanians or as Americans,” Governor Wolf said. “We must speak out strongly for true American values of justice, fairness, and compassion and lead with our actions to reject the groups that gathered in Charlottesville.”On Thursday, Governor Wolf attended Ag Progress Days where he highlighted the importance of building Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and rural communities. Continuing economic growth in Pennsylvania communities is a priority for Governor Wolf and, also on Thursday, the governor announced completed financing by the Commonwealth Cornerstone Group to combat blight and help revitalization efforts in downtown Lancaster. On Friday, the governor also announced new jobs coming to Elk County with the expansion of Clarion Sintered Metals.Governor Wolf’s Week, August 13, 2017 – August 19, 2017Monday, 8/14/17Governor Wolf Announces PSSA Testing Reduction to Benefit Students, Teachers, and Parents511PA Website Feature to Assist Travelers to Little League World SeriesGovernor Wolf, Advisory Commission Stand United Against HateTuesday, 8/15/17Wolf Administration to Use 21st Century Cures Grant Funding to Further Expand Access to Medication-Assisted TreatmentWednesday, 8/16/17Governor Wolf Writes PA Delegation Regarding CBO Analysis of Ceasing Payments for Cost -Sharing ReductionsGovernor Wolf Touts Work to Build Vibrant Agriculture Industry, Rural Communities in PA during Visit to Ag Progress DaysThursday, 8/17/17Governor Wolf Tours Standardized Test Reduction Benefiting Students, Parents, and TeachersVIDEO: Governor Wolf Welcomes Little League Players, Families to PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf, PennDOT Announce Completion of State’s First Diverging Diamond InterchangeGovernor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Rehab and Reuse of Lancaster’s Vacant Bulova Technologies BuildingFriday, 8/18/17Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Clarion Sintered Metals in Elk County, Creation of 55 New JobsHighlights from The BlogWolf Administration Announce Reduction in Standardized Testing (Round-Up)Highlights from TwitterToday is the start of #LLWS2017 — to everyone participating, spectating, and working: have fun, and good luck. Welcome to Pennsylvania! pic.twitter.com/jkSmvUvyTv— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 17, 2017 August 18, 2017
In a matchup labeled by some as the NBA’s past — LeBron James — vs. the future — Zion Williamson — James reminded the league that he is the present.The King set a season high with 40 points on 63 percent shooting from the field in the Lakers’ 118-109 victory over the Pelicans on Tuesday. Williamson held up his end of the bargain with 29 points in 33 minutes. Comparing him to James is unfair, mostly because Williamson is 19 and James is one of the greatest basketball players to ever exist. Their games aren’t overly similar, but the hype surrounding their entrances into the league is. TNT compared their stats through their first 12 career games.Bron vs. Zion:(via @NBAonTNT ) pic.twitter.com/rBLsl4R8h4— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 26, 2020The Pelicans are up-and-coming. Brandon Ingram proved, once again, he’s not the same player he was in Los Angeles, scoring 34 points. Still, it was the Lakers who improved to a conference-best 44-12 and remained five games ahead of the second-place Nuggets.The Lakers are on top, and just in case anyone forgot, LeBron is, too. MORE: How Ball brothers moved away from family businessIn a game filled with storylines, including Anthony Davis against the team from which he demanded a trade and the Pelicans’ push for a playoff spot and possible first-round matchup with LA, the biggest was always going to be the first meeting between Williamson and one of the few people on the planet who knows how it feels to be a 19-year-old who is changing the league. It didn’t disappoint.James and Williamson came out of the gates trading highlight shots like heavyweights. James started it by converting a through-the-legs pass from Alex Caruso, a play that had Twitter buzzing:🐐 ➡️ LeBron James. pic.twitter.com/vzj0JL4uto— Sporting News NBA (@sn_nba) February 26, 2020Williamson’s response:Lonzo up top to Zion in #PhantomCam ! @Zionwilliamson finishes with 29 PTS, giving him 20+ in NINE consecutive games. #NBARooks #WontBowDownHe joins Carmelo Anthony as the only players 20 years old or younger to record 20+ points in nine straight games. pic.twitter.com/jSl2lEvKDc— NBA (@NBA) February 26, 2020LeBron proceeded to climb the ladder:LeBron double-pumps and throws it down in #PhantomCam ! #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/AzbPa1pdcN— NBA (@NBA) February 26, 2020How many players can turn a rebound into a viral highlight?This Zion rebound is absurd 🤯 pic.twitter.com/0NHNOtr5M3— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 26, 2020″The kid is special,” James told TNT’s Chris Haynes in a postgame interview.Williamson was special on Tuesday night, but James was better.As much as a Tuesday night NBA game in February can take center stage, this one did, and James knew it. He was especially aggressive in the third quarter, when he put Jrue Holiday on a poster, two of his 16 points in the period. The Lakers took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter, which history tells us means the game was already over. The Lakers moved to 38-0 when leading after three quarters this season.