Education Voters Pennsylvania is dedicated to supporting policies that strengthen and support great public schools in every community to ensure opportunities for all children, informing the public about the needs and importance of public education, and ensuring our elected leaders adopt and implement a pro-public education agenda.
Please join Education Voters, school officials, community leaders and guest legislators at upcoming community forums in the Lehigh Valley, central PA, and Southeastern PA to discuss school funding and state funding policy. Click HERE for more details. Pre-registration for the forum is recommended, but not necessary.
We invite you to join us for an advocacy summit in Harrisburg on Saturday, April 18th from 10:00-2:00. Register HERE.
Visit our blog for commentary, updates and questions you can ask candidates for Mayor and City Council about education in Philadelphia.
The governor’s proposal for education includes: $6.13 billion in Basic Education Funding ($400 million increase, the largest in Pennsylvania history), along with strong and fair accountability for schools, educators and students so that Pennsylvanians can be confident in their public education investment; $1.15 billion in Special Education Funding ($100 million increase); $20 million for Career and Technical Education and Equipment Grants as the first step in realigning Career and Technical Education to prepare students for good-paying, high-demand, high-skill careers; $8 million for career counselors in middle and high schools; $9 million for Dual Enrollment requested from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA); and An estimated $160 million in savings to school districts from Cyber Charter Reform. A $100 million increase for PreK and $20 million for Head Start. Governor Wolf’s budget also calls for the enactment of a new school funding formula by June 30, 2015, to take effect in the 2016-17 school year.
In Pennsylvania, it is time to start tackling issues related to how we provide a thorough and efficient public education system, as required by our Constitution and an excellent education for every child, as required by a powerful need to meet the future head on.
We are making public education policy a top priority as taxpayers and voters.
Education Voters envisions a nation in which every child has equitable opportunity for high quality education, and in which Americans in all communities demand that elected officials support that vision.