Charter schools shouldn’t profit off students with disabilities

State lawmakers widely acknowledge that Pennsylvania’s charter school law is flawed, outdated, and must be revised. Nevertheless, year after year, Harrisburg has failed to fix its own broken charter school law. Lawmakers have failed to protect taxpayers, they have failed to ensure charters offer equal access to all students, and they have failed to enact reforms[…]

We have a budget for 2016-2017. What does it mean for schools?

The 2016-2017 PA budget is now complete. Yesterday a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the PA House and Senate approved a revenue package and Governor Wolf signed it into law. This budget provides an increase of $200 million for K-12 Basic Education Funding, $20 million for special education, and $30 million for early childhood education programs. Although this budget[…]

FAQs about the $75 million CUT in the 2015-2016 Republican budget

FAQs about the $75 million CUT in state funding to schools in the 2015-2016 Republican budget **Need a PDF Version of this post? Click Here to get it!** In the 2015-2016 Republican budget, many members of the General Assembly failed to deliver state funding owed to school districts and demonstrated that they are unwilling to[…]

Education Voters of PA’s reaction to Governor Wolf’s decision to allow HB 1801 to become law without his signature

For Immediate Release  3/23/2016 Education Voters of PA’s reaction to Governor Wolf’s decision to allow HB 1801 to become law without his signature  Susan Spicka, Director of  Education Voters of PA, issued the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s decision to allow HB 1801 to become law without his signature : Today Governor Wolf announced that[…]

Education Voters of PA’s Statement on HB 1801, the Supplemental Appropriation Bill

For Immediate Release 3/16/2016 Education Voters of PA’s Statement on HB 1801 Susan Spicka, Director of Education Voters of PA, made the following statement about HB 1801, “We are disappointed that Republican leadership is moving yet another irresponsible, unbalanced budget that contains wholly inadequate funding for schools. HB 1801 will not allow schools to begin[…]

Join the Call to Action–it’s time to end the gridlock and fund our schools!

Tuesday, March 8, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees held hearings on the education funding request for the 2016-2017 state budget–without having a full education budget for 2015-2016 in place! We are working with our allies from the Campaign for Fair Education Funding to have a statewide Call to Action Day to send a message to state lawmakers that the[…]

How can we get a fair budget for children?

Budgets are about priorities and we are very encouraged that making progress on fixing Pennsylvania’s inequitable and inadequate state funding system remains a top priority for Governor Wolf, in spite of the stiff resistance he has met from many lawmakers in Harrisburg. Governor Wolf remains firm in his commitment to a 2015-2016 compromise budget that[…]