PA Senate approves guns in classrooms, HB 97 on tap

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By a vote of 28 to 22, the PA Senate approved SB 383, a bill that allows teachers and other school employees to carry concealed, loaded firearms in public schools. Click HERE to see how your senator voted.  Each school board will decide if it will allow teachers and employees to carry weapons in its […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s Next?

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The recent national election portends a significant shift in the direction of federal education policy in the United States and raises serious concerns for those of us who care about equity and an opportunity to learn for all students. Our work has never been more important. Donald Trump’s education transition leader has indicated that Trump’s […]

URGENT–Lawmakers and Governor Wolf MUST oppose HB 530–legislation that would make PA’s charter school law even WORSE

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The PA House is moving charter school legislation today that would make PA’s charter school law even WORSE than it already is. HB 530 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is NOT a genuine effort to improve the quality of education children in the Commonwealth receive, but instead, a massive giveaway to charter schools that would damage […]

How much do PA schools need to properly educate all children?

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Pennsylvania did a good thing when it adopted the bi-partisan Basic Education Funding Commission’s (BEFC’s) fair funding formula for sending new state funding to school districts. It is long past time that the era of backroom deals that delivered new funding to schools represented by politically powerful members of the legislature has ended. However, state lawmakers […]