Education Voters Pennsylvania is dedicated to informing the public about the needs and importance of our public schools, ensuring our political leaders adopt and implement a pro public education agenda, and holding those leaders accountable if they fail to do so.
As we enter the final stretch of the 2013-14 budget discussions, it is critical that parents, voters, taxpayers, community members make one more push to ensure that our elected officials in Harrisburg are paying attention to input from real people. Here is where we stand: The Governor proposed a mere $90 million increase and did NOT propose improvements to the funding formula. House leaders proposed just a little more than the Governor (and when we say a little, we mean a little), proposing just $10 million more than the Governor (and by the way, they proposed more money for their own operations!) Please make calls! Remember it just takes 10 minutes to do three things to make a difference! Download the flyer here: call_to_action_4_education_june2013_FINAL.pdf
As of yet, we do not have adequate levels of funding committed by City Council to support Philly schools. Although the tobacco tax is a step, alone it would be inadequate. Some people are suggesting that some members of Council want to just pass the tobacco tax to show they “did something” but that alone will not be enough. We need to get to the $60 Million mark at minimum. In addition to tobacco, the liquor-by-the-drink tax and the U & O tax are the only real options at this point and parents must demand that City Council take action - and plenty of it. City Council MUST deliver significant and substantial support and the only way they will do it is if voters are loud and clear: raise the money for schools.
Philadelphia schools are facing massive program cuts, suffering from systematic under-funding and a failure to make public education a priority at the City and State level. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (state government) controls the School District of Philadelphia and in the past two years has cut approximately $190 million and we were already struggling with inadequate resources! We need to demand more immediate support from city and state officials – these are the people responsible for ensuring our schools are adequately resourced to provide an opportunity to learn for every student
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.