Category Archive: Legislation

ESA Voucher Bill Set for Vote Tuesday, May 22

Tell your Senator to vote NO on ESA vouchers…Again! Yes, they are trying one more time.  The Senate Education Committee has just announced its intention to vote on Senate Bill 2 (Sen. DiSanto, R-Dauphin) this coming Tuesday, May 22. This bill establishes Education Savings Accounts (ESA) vouchers, a program that takes tax money out of your neighborhood public schools […]

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Equity First – Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton School Districts are underfunded by $108.2 MILLION under the Basic Education and Special Education Funding Laws. According to the formulas, Bethlehem Area SD is underfunded by nearly $23 Million in this year’s budget. The whole Lehigh Valley is underfunded by $127.4 MILLION. If half of these funds were invested in the […]

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Op-Ed on SB2 Submitted to the Morning Call

We had two of our BASD Proud Parents write an Opinion and send it to the morning call.  Julie and Karen did an incredible job and we share their sentiment.  Please see below for their words, there is a lot of specific budget information that they present that helps to really show how harmful SB2 […]

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Vote No: Setting the Record Straight on ESA Vouchers and Senate Bill 2

A plan introduced as Senate Bill 2 by Senator John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) establishes Education Savings Accounts (ESA) vouchers, a program that takes tax money out of your neighborhood public schools to be used for private schools and vendors. ESA proposals have been introduced in various states and have been dubbed by the National Conference of […]

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Act Now – House Bill 1213

ACTION ALERT: Please call your member of the State House immediately!! ASK: VOTE NO on HB 1213 WHY: The legislation will tie school districts’ hands to challenge under assessed property taxes. When large property owners pay less than their fair share, homeowners end up paying more than their fair share. Thank you!! Sincerely, BASD Proud Parents House Bill […]

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SB 1095: Alternative Pathways to Graduation

PASA Supports Senate Bill 1095: Alternative Pathways to Graduation Today PASA announced support for new legislation introduced by Senators Thomas McGarrigle (R-Chester/Delaware) and Thomas Killion (R-Chester/Delaware) that provides for a comprehensive and rigorous approach for students to demonstrate readiness for high school graduation. Senate Bill 1095 is a result of the senators working with several education organizations, […]

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SB 2 – Education Savings Accounts (vouchers)

A letter from The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) SB 2 remains a high priority in the Senate. Under the bill, parents of students in low-achieving schools can receive funds in the form of Education Savings Accounts (ESA) to attend a participating nonpublic school and for other expenses. “Low-achieving” is defined as the lowest […]

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House Bill 1213

ACTION ALERT: Please call your member of the State House immediately! ASK: VOTE NO on House Bill 1213 which is being rushed to the floor for a vote WHY:  The legislation would tie school districts’ hands to challenge under assessed property taxes. When large property owners pay less than their fair share – homeowners end up […]

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SB2 – Voucher Vote Delayed, Senate Ed Committee Changed

An October Morning Call article had this to say: According to calculations by the PSEA, Allentown, Bethlehem Area and Easton Area school districts would stand to lose nearly $50 million annually. Allentown would have seen almost $27 million go into the education savings account if the bill had been law in 2015-16 and a third of […]

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SB2 Senate Bill 2

Say No to Next Generation School Vouchers in PA Tell your senator to vote NO on Senate Bill 2 Under the bill, parents of students in low-achieving schools can receive funds in the form of Education Savings Accounts (ESA) to attend a participating nonpublic school and for other expenses. Low-achieving is defined as the lowest […]

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