Did your rep. support the charter school lobby’s wish list?

On Tuesday, April 25th, the PA House passed HB 97 by a vote of 108-84. Click HERE to learn if your state representative supported or opposed HB 97. Ten Republicans and 74 Democrats voted against the bill. If your lawmaker opposed HB 97, please take a minute to make a call to say “thank you” for this vote in support quality public[…]

HB 97: Charter Reform that is Not Worth the 20-Year Wait

UPDATE: On April 25th,  the PA House passed HB 97 by a vote of 108-84.  It has been 20 years since the law that established charter schools in PA was enacted. Significant flaws in this charter school law have surfaced over the past two decades and legislators are now making what appears to be a[…]

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[…]

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[…]