A stunning priority in the PA House budget

Advancing the Betsy DeVos school privatization agenda has emerged as a top budget priority for PA House members, even though this will provide very little or no benefit to the communities many rural lawmakers represent. On a near party-line vote of 114-84, the PA House approved a budget proposal that retains the very modest $100 million increase in Basic[…]

A budget that puts students last

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[…]

Did your state rep’s vote make Betsy DeVos proud?

Budgets are about priorities and yesterday 147 members of the PA House made it clear that funding scholarships for students to attend unaccountable private/religious schools is one of their top budget priorities this year. They made school privatizer Betsy DeVos proud. See how your state representative voted on HB 250.  The PA House voted overwhelmingly[…]

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[…]

Our statement on Governor Wolf’s 2017-2018 budget proposal

  Susan Spicka, Executive Director of Education Voters of PA, made the following statement about Governor Wolf’s 2017-2018 budget proposal: We recognize that this is a difficult budget year and are encouraged by Governor Wolf’s continued commitment to taking steps toward adequately funding public education in the commonwealth. Governor Wolf’s proposed increases of $100 million[…]

$100M in Waste and Inefficiency & Segregation by Disability: It’s Time to #FixSpecialEdFunding

As Pennsylvanians rally to stop Betsy DeVos from becoming Secretary of Education (and Senator Pat Toomey tries his hardest to ignore us), we are working with a coalition of parents, disability rights advocates, faith leaders, and advocacy groups to build public pressure on our state lawmakers to fix an egregious flaw in PA charter law that mandates more than $100 million[…]

We Can Do This

As we brace for what promises to be an all-out assault on our children’s public schools from politicians in both Washington, DC and Harrisburg, we must remember that our grassroots people power has successfully defended our children and their public schools before, and we will defend them again. In this new climate, however, we will need[…]

Trump’s appalling pick for Secretary of Education

Donald Trump’s pick of billionaire Betsy DeVos to run the US Department of Education signals that the Trump administration will be focused on privatizing public education instead of on strengthening our public schools or expanding opportunities for all students. Donald Trump made a campaign promise to funnel $20 billion in existing federal funding out of[…]