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.
Charter schools are a part of Pennsylvania’s educational landscape and high-quality charter schools have a place in the commonwealth’s public school systems. However, Pennsylvania’s charter school law is deeply flawed and must be fixed so that all children in the commonwealth have equal access to high quality public schools and taxpayers can afford to provide adequate funding for both traditional public schools and charter schools.
Increases in funding for public education should be allocated to Basic Education Funding this year, the charter reimbursement line that was eliminated in the FY11-12 budget should be restored, and the special education funding reform legislation should be passed. The legislature must identify adequate revenue to meet the needs of the Commonwealth and the Constitutional requirement to “provide a thorough and efficient education.”
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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.