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The Republican tax bill’s assault on public education

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At 2:00 am on Saturday morning, 51 US Senators voted to pass the Republican tax bill, a 479-page document that was so hastily written it had illegible policy changes scrawled in the margins. Senators were given the bill on Friday evening and told that they would have plenty of time to read it – after they […]

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2017-2018 Budget Wrap-Up

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In Harrisburg, almost four months late, lawmakers finally completed the 2017-2018 PA budget. In June, our legislature were happy to pass a $32 billion spending plan that protected programs and services important to their constituents, including a $100 million increase in Basic Education Funding for public schools. However, when it came to pay for that $32 […]

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It’s time for the School District of Philadelphia to Return to Local Control, State Obligation to Adequately Fund District Schools Remains

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Education Voters of PA supports the dissolution of the School Reform Commission and the return of the School District of Philadelphia to local control. Sixteen years of state control by the School Reform Commission have not solved the issues of the District. Instead, state control and grossly inadequate state funding have led to dozens of […]

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Joint Resolution 1–PA’s school funding system that is inadequate & inequitable today will be just as inadequate & inequitable if this passes.

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On November 7, 2017, Pennsylvania voters will find a proposed amendment to the PA Constitution, Joint Resolution 1, on their ballots. This amendment ignores the real problem PA faces–inadequate state funding for schools, which puts excessive pressure on property taxes in many communities. Joint Resolution 1 does not put one more dollar in the school […]

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PA schoolchildren will have their day in court!

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On Thursday, September 28th, the PA Supreme Court issued a landmark decision. It ordered the Commonwealth Court to hold a full trial on PA’s school funding lawsuit.  The Court agreed with the plaintiffs that education funding should be subject to judicial review. They ruled that the courts have a duty to ensure that the state’s school […]