Category Archive: public education

Joseph J. Roy: ‘Citizens’ recognize importance of education to community

In case you missed this op-ed piece in the morning call from our BASD superintendent Joseph Roy: No one ever calls my office and asks to speak with me because they are a “citizen.” Callers always ask to speak to me because they are “taxpayers.” I have recently begun to wonder why. Pennsylvania is 47th […]

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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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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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2018 PA State of Education Report At a Glance

Each year the leading pro-public education organizations in the state compile a “State of Education” report for Pennsylvania. Click HERE for a summary of the report. The report provides excellent, reader-friendly data and context on a statewide basis and provides solid background on the issues BASD faces.   BASD Proud Parents is strictly pro-public education. We […]

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Public Education Questionnaire – Candidate Dr. Dean Donaher

The Following answers are from Dr. Dean Donaher from our Bethlehem School District Board of Directors, running for State Representative, Northampton County 138th Legislative District 1. Do you believe state funding for public education is adequate to meet all student’s needs? No. Currently state funding is not equitably distributed. The “Fair Funding Formula” recently passed by […]

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