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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Money Matters: How increased supports improve education

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Money Matters. The reality is that money matters. Targeted funding directed at instructional practices that are supported by evidence can have dramatic impacts. Money impacts class size, which matters, especially in the early grades. Giving teachers smaller “caseloads” means more individual attention for students, more tailored lesson plans, more specific feedback to students, and more in-depth […]

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Still. No. Budget. Still.

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As of now, there is little to no movement to finally enact a real budget for FY 2016, even as we are on the verge of opening the discussion for the new budget cycle. Sigh. What we know In December, legislative leadership decided to jam through its own budget, abandoning the compromise framework that had […]

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Now What?

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Governor Wolf line-item vetoed the budget that state lawmakers sent him before leaving for their holiday break, authorizing emergency funding to go out to school districts, human service agencies and counties, which had been held up by the House leaders failing to compromise on a total budget deal. This action functions as a placeholder, a […]

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Our Year in Review

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As we look toward 2016, it is important to reflect on what we have all achieved together in 2015 as we have worked hard to keep the public conversation about education focused on making sure equal public education opportunities exist for all students in the Commonwealth. We are making progress and our work is critical: […]