We Want to Hear From You!

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Over the past months, we have asked you to make your voices heard regarding the Pennsylvania budget and the importance of adequate, fair state funding for public schools. Now, we would like you to tell us how we can best support your interest in public education issues and your vision for public schools: Which issues […]

How can we get a fair budget for children?

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

A New Era in Philadelphia

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Congratulations to our new Mayor-elect, Jim Kenney, who ran on a great platform of supporting public, community schools, PreK and supporting principals and teachers! We congratulate all the new members of City Council, including our endorsed candidates Helen Gym, Derek Green and Blondell Reynolds-Brown! “Education voters” turned out in force, helping to make sure education was a […]

Testimony to the School Reform Commission

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Testimony to the School Reform Commission October 15th, 2015 Susan Gobreski, Parent, Philadelphia resident, Director of Education Voters of PA Thank you for the time. Lots of us have some cognitive dissonance because we care deeply about this district, believe in it and want it to succeed. We both believe the […]