Education Voters Pennsylvania


Supporting public education in the FY 14-15 budget - June, 2014

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.”

Philadelphia Budget Advocacy: Take Action

Call! Write! Go to City Hall! Speak out! To sign up, click here.

The Gov’s Budget Plan: What does it all mean?

The Gov's Budget Plan: What does it all mean?

  • The truth is that governor's education budget proposal is a mixed bag. Here's a quick summary of our analysis:
  • Changing PA’s charter law: What is at stake in SB 1085?

    Changing PA’s charter law: What is at stake in SB 1085? After 17 years, the PA legislature is considering making major changes to Pennsylvania’s charter school law. Improvements to the law are long overdue, but unfortunately, the legislation in the Senate (SB 1085) will not improve PA’s charter school law.

    Response to Governor Corbett’s Budget Address

    Over the past two years, Gov. Corbett has led the effort to cut nearly $2 billion in investments in the education of our children, causing program cuts, increases in class sizes and reductions in services like tutoring, library access and more.

    What will Gov. Corbett propose for schools in 2013?

    Tomorrow, the debate over the priorities of our state budget will begin in earnest with the release of Governor Corbetts budget proposal. Public education is going to be a very hot topic this year. 

    Charter Reform - Contact Your Legislator

    Tell your legislators that Pennsylvanians deserve a charter reform bill that implements critical funding reform and DOES NOT includes provisions for a statewide authorizer.

    Sequestration: Breaking Down the Issue and How to Fight Back

    Learn what sequestration is and how it affects you.

    Ed Voter’s Common Enrollment Brief

    Why Philadelphia should adopt a citywide common enrollment system for high school.

    New Voter ID Law

    Learn what your rights are.

    Urgency of Now: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

    A new report on the graduation gap occurring in Pennsylvania and the Nation.

    Statewide Leadership Session

    Building Community Leadership for Public Education.

    The Education Voters Institute of Pennsylvania is hosting a day-long forum to bring together advocates from across the Commonwealth.  Learn more here.

    The Good and The Bad

    Recap of the State Budget and Other Activities

    Guide to Philadelphia’s City School Taxes

    Committee of Seventy’s guide to the city’s school taxes and the most controversial issue of this years budget.

    HB 1307 - State Takeover of Fiscally Distressed Schools

    Learn more about how this bill can affect any school having fiscal issues.

    State Budget Update - May 18th

    Statewide “Call” to Action for Public Education - May 23rd!

    Education Voters, joined by several allies, is organizing a Statewide Call to Action for Public Education.

    Tell your the Governor and your legislators that Education is important to YOU.

    NEW REPORT - Principles for Principals

    The Role of Principal Leadership in Philadelphia

    Endorsements for 2012 Primary

    Remember to VOTE on April 24th!

    Click here for your polling location.

    Write Now!  Education Matters!

    Check out photos from the event!

    PA Statewide Bake Sale for Public Education

    Public education supporters ramp up rallies with call-ins

    Post-Gazette article on the March 5th Call-to-Action Day.

    Testimony to the House Democratic Policy Committee

    Exec. Dir. Susan Gobreski urges legislators to get Pennsylvania back on the right track.

    Order your Ed Voter Bumper Sticker HERE

    Let everyone know you are an Education Voter.

    Ask Your Legislator What Their Reaction is to the Governor’s Proposed Budget

    Are they willing to fight for public education during this budget process?

    Advocacy Tool Kit

    Tools to help you advocate for public education, all in one location.

    Tools to help you advocate for public education, all in one location.

    Education Voters Statement on Proposed Education Budget.

    Ed Voters responds to Governor Corbett's 2012-2013 Budget Speech

    Tell Us How Your Call Went

    Tips on Calling Your Legislator

    Update and Moving Forward

    In December, in a last minute attempt, the state House tried to ram through a voucher program and charter school legislation that would have a severe impact on public education.  Unable to garner enough support for an expensive, unaccountable and unconstitutional program, a voucher proposal never made it to the House floor for a vote.  An amendment to radically change charter school legislation by creating a statewide authorizer that could bypass local approval (though local taxpayers would still have to pay) of charter schools without any additional accountability did make it to the floor for a vote, but failed by a 105-90 vote.
    Unfortunately, our fight for public education continues.  As the new year begins, our fight for school funding continues as we try to fight off additional budget cuts to public education.  And as always, voucher and charter school legislation is always a threat.

    Please take a moment to thank your legislator for voting against amendment A7732.  You can view the roll call HERE

    If your legislator OPPOSED the amendment, use this letter to thank them for their support.

    If your legislator SUPPORTED the amendment, use this letter to express your disappointment.

    Request a Lawn Sign HERE!

    TAKE ACTION: Pennsylvanians CANNOT afford state funded vouchers!

    Contact your legislators NOW.

    PDK and Gallup Poll Special Presentation

    Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011 at 3pm.  Click HERE to learn more or to RSVP.

    Delaware County Parent Legislative Forum

    Thursday, October 13th, at 7pm.  Click here for more information or to register.

    Forum and Community Dialogue on Governance of the School District

    Tuesday, October 11th at 5:30 pm . Click here for more details.

    A plan first, then a superintendent

    PDK/Gallup Event Registration

    General Assembly Passes Budget Where Children are the Biggest Losers

    The Face of Public Schools


    The Good and The Bad: Recap of the State Budget and Other Activities

    TAKE ACTION: For Public Education

    It is time for a new era for education in Philadelphia

    Take Action NOW and tell the Mayor and City Council to do what they need to do to maintain vital programs in Philadelphia’s public schools!

    All students deserve opportunity

    Op-Ed by Executive Director Susan Gobreski

    Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed an outrageous $1.1 billion in cuts to schools. Across Pennsylvania, communities are telling legislators to reject these cuts. Otherwise we will be faced with extraordinary choices about programs - shall we cut off our arm or our leg this year?

    Testimony of Executive Director before the House Democratic Policy Committee on Vouchers

    Vouchers don't solve the problem.

    My name is Susan Gobreski, I am the Director of Education Voters Institute of Pennsylvania, a non-profit organization focused on public education. We are a public interest organization. Thank you for this hearing and your efforts to inquire and air this matter, with thoughtful questions and a willingness to examine the implications of this issue. We oppose vouchers because they are not in the public interest.

    Education Voters of Pennsylvania Endorses Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate

    A champion for education, a champion for kids.

    Sestak puts good ideas first. In the Senate, Sestak’s views would be much more in line with most Pennsylvanians.
    Phila. Inquirer, 10/24/10

    2010 Pledge Card Campaign

    Voter mobilization is an important step in any election cycle

    We all know life can be hectic, so reminding people to vote is a great way to help ensure voter turnout on Election Day! Getting people to pledge to vote is one of the most successful ways to ensure that people actually show up to the polls.

    Will our next governor make education a priority?

    Here's how to help make it happen ...

    We need high standards, up to date curriculum, high quality teaching, and better assessments so we can make sure our kids are ready for the world!

    Poor Education Draining Our Tax Dollars

    A good education produces national economic gains; conversely the effects of poor education drain the nations economy. This direct relationship has grown increasingly relevant as our nation recovers from a severe economic downturn. The growing demand for highly skilled workers further illuminates the importance of a good education.  Educations effect on the economy can be seen in regards to national revenue, government spending and worker productivity.

    New polling results; strong support for education

    from Susquehanna Polling and Research

    The survey results show that Pennsylvanians support continued investments in public education and believe state lawmakers in Harrisburg should continue to make funding reform for public education a top priority, even in tough economic times when lawmakers face pressure to restrain state spending on core programs.

    Education Voters Pennsylvania Statement on 2010-2011 Budget Proposal

    Education Voters of Pennsylvania was pleased to see that the proposed 2010-2011 budget provides a continued investment in education and continued effort to reform the financial structure for education funding.

    For schools, new teacher contract is just the start

    Op-Ed by Executive Director Susan Gobreski

    The new contract between the union and the School District of Philadelphia demonstrates a willingness to work together by both teachers and administrators.

    Berks County Community Dialogue on Public Education

    Please join us for a productive community conversation about public education issues and solutions on ?January 10, 2010.

    Education Voters Institute PA has joined with the University of Pennsylvania’s Project for Civic Engagement to host this community discussion, where we will ask participants which education issues the next governor should make a priority for the state.

    Education Voters PA to host Governor Edward G. Rendell and Congressman Chaka Fattah

    Join Education Voters of Pennsylvania with special guests Governor Edward G. Rendell and Congressman Chaka Fattah as we celebrate the successes of 2009 and look ahead to 2010.

    In 2009, Pennsylvania was the only state in the nation to increase funding for basic education and we saw an increase in student achievement! 2010 is going to be just as important a year for education issues. Join us to help ensure Education Voters of Pennsylvania that more elected leaders turn our policy priorities into policy realities.

    Bucks County Citizen Forum: Voices and Vision for Public Education in Pennsylvania

    Monday, November 23 Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA Gateway Auditorium, 6:30-9pm

    The goal of this deliberative forum is to work with diverse groups of citizens to identify what education issues they think are most important for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to address in the coming months and years. Diversity of perspectives is important to this work and we seek and value everyones input.

    Painful budget’s bright side

    Op-Ed by Executive Director Susan Gobreski

    The 101-day Pennsylvania budget impasse was painful, and hundreds of millions of dollars were cut from important programs. But thanks to significant pressure from their constituents, lawmakers did manage to produce a landmark budget for education funding.

    Though the budget is far from perfect, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and Gov. Rendell must be congratulated on their achievement for education. They wisely listened to their constituents, who demanded that Pennsylvania’s future generations be given every opportunity to succeed.

    Read more at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    End the budget impasse: Urge full funding for education

    Urge your Senators to support full-funding for the basic education formula!

    Please click here to send a message to members of the General Assembly!

    Budget negotiations in Harrisburg are in their final stages and our legislators are faced with broad disagreements over education funding.

    Senators in this region play a major role in shaping the outcome of the budget. We need you to tell your Senator that protecting the new reformed funding formula and preventing state cuts is a smart investment in the future success of our state. We need to keep the state funding and use federal stimulus funds to fund the 09-10 funding formula targets.  Without YOUR help Pennsylvania schools will be forced to cut programs, increase class size and lay-off teachers.

    Governor Rendell on the budget

    June 2009 Poll shows strong support for education as a state funding priority

    Pennsylvanians believe education funding should continue to be a top priority

    The poll’s findings show that most Pennsylvanians believe education funding should continue to be a top priority for state lawmakers, and most support sustained increases in state funding for public education despite the state’s budget deficit.  Most also say they would be willing to pay a little more to make it happen.

    View and/or download the results of this latest poll.

    Proposal by Senate Republican Caucus could raise property taxes

    Would set back education improvements

    Federal economic stimulus funds designated for investments in education targeted at improving education and preventing job losses would disappear into the budget under a new political proposal unveiled by the Senate Republican Caucus today.  They presented a 2009-2010 state budget proposal that undermines the Commonwealths funding formula. This move would force school districts to increase property taxes, thus counteracting the positive effects of the stimulus funds which if used appropriately, would help prevent tax increases and maintain needed investments in targeted education reforms.

    Polls show broad support

    New poll shows broad support for continued effort of state to reform and increase education funding

    New results from a poll conducted by Susquehanna Polling show broad support for increasing state funding for education and continued implementation of proposed funding formula improvements. Governor Rendell announced a proposal yesterday to utilize federal stimulus dollars to fund the basic education funding level targets for 2009-2010 set by the six year plan to fix the funding formula in PA.

    The poll asked people to choose between two views, one which supported increasing education spending in the current economy or whether plans to make improvements should be cut back. 69% of voters support increasing basic state funding; only 24% were in support of cutting back plans. View and/or download the results of the Susquehanna Polling report.

    Shovel-ready schools: Use the stimulus to build futures for our kids

    Op-Ed by Executive Director Susan Gobreski

    The federal government has sent a clear message: Improving our education system must be a national priority. An unprecedented amount of money is coming to Pennsylvania to be spent on education. We must spend it well.

    Everybody depends on a quality public education system, whether they have children in public schools or not. We want our neighbors to get good jobs and buy houses. We want people to earn good wages and pay taxes. We want the workforce to be strong and well paid when we collect Social Security. We want fewer dollars paying for social services and prisons, which means equipping people for self-sufficiency and responsibility.