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Trumpcare savages funding for students with disabilities

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Yesterday 217 Republicans in the US House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the protections it offers to millions of Americans. In order to pay for tax cuts for households earning over $250,000/year, these Congressmen (including 9 from Pennsylvania) voted to eliminate $880 billion in federal funding for Medicaid over the next 10 […]

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PA House Poised to Ram Through Horrible Charter Bill

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We need your help to stop HB 97. The PA House may vote on this deeply flawed charter school legislation next week, as early as Monday, April 24th. We had hoped that the PA House would work toward charter reform that would protect taxpayers and students and improve PA’s system of public education. Our hopes were misplaced. […]

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A stunning priority in the PA House budget

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Advancing the Betsy DeVos school privatization agenda has emerged as a top budget priority for PA House members, even though this will provide very little or no benefit to the communities many rural lawmakers represent. On a near party-line vote of 114-84, the PA House approved a budget proposal that retains the very modest $100 million increase in Basic […]

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A budget that puts students last

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President Trump’s recently proposed budget slashes $9 billion, or 14%, from the Department of Education, while increasing funding for “school choice,” by $1.4 billion.  It comes as no surprise that Trump’s proposed cuts fall hardest on programs that benefit low-income students. Nothing in this budget is set in stone. In in order for a federal […]

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Did your state rep’s vote make Betsy DeVos proud?

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Budgets are about priorities and yesterday 147 members of the PA House made it clear that funding scholarships for students to attend unaccountable private/religious schools is one of their top budget priorities this year. They made school privatizer Betsy DeVos proud. See how your state representative voted on HB 250.  The PA House voted overwhelmingly […]

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Our response to Senator Eichelberger’s recent town hall comments

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We were deeply disappointed to read recent comments that newly-appointed Senate Education Committee Chair, Senator John Eichelberger, made at a town hall meeting in central Pennsylvania. The Carlisle Sentinel reported that Sen. Eichelberger had this to say about funding for public education:  He then moved into a critique of Pennsylvania’s “inner city” education programs, positing […]

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$100M in Waste and Inefficiency & Segregation by Disability: It’s Time to #FixSpecialEdFunding

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As Pennsylvanians rally to stop Betsy DeVos from becoming Secretary of Education (and Senator Pat Toomey tries his hardest to ignore us), we are working with a coalition of parents, disability rights advocates, faith leaders, and advocacy groups to build public pressure on our state lawmakers to fix an egregious flaw in PA charter law that mandates more than $100 million […]