Our response to Senator Eichelberger’s recent town hall comments

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[…]

Share your school’s story

This week the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) released their annual survey of Pennsylvania’s public schools. This report demonstrates what parents and community members who care about public school students already know too well: the outlook for many of PA’s public school students is bleak if state lawmakers continue[…]

End Harrisburg’s School Funding Hunger Games

Over the past five years, Harrisburg has mastered the art of pitting school districts, parents, and students against each other in order to draw attention away from the damage their policies and the lack of adequate state education funding have inflicted on children, schools, and communities throughout the Commonwealth. In the 2015-2016 budget, lawmakers tossed[…]

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[…]

Enough is Enough. The Courts Must Intervene.

What is happening with the school funding lawsuit? On November 10, 2014, six school districts, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools, the NAACP – PA State Conference, and families whose children attend under-funded and under-resourced schools filed a case in the Commonwealth Court asking the court to: Declare that the current system of[…]

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[…]

Still. No. Budget. Still.

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?

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

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:[…]