Category Archive: Stay Informed

Active Issues Our Schools Are Facing

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) is the voice for public education and the work of strong local school boards in the halls of the Capitol. They are committed to supporting an effective child-centered public education that is adequately and equitably funded. Pennsylvania public schools are the driving force behind our state’s economy. PSBA works […]

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ICYMI – School Voucher Tax Shelter

Did you know that some Pennsylvania businesses can turn a tidy profit when they make contributions to school voucher programs? It’s true. When businesses contribute to scholarship/private school voucher organizations through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (EITC/OSTC) programs they receive a double dip of tax giveaways that can be worth more than the amount […]

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Fair Funding on the Decline

Last week petitioners in Pennsylvania’s school funding lawsuit filed a brief and affidavits refuting the claim made by the Republican leader of the PA Senate, Joe Scarnati, that the lawsuit was rendered moot because the state adopted a school funding formula in 2016. The brief details how state funding increases have not kept pace with rising […]

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OpEd in The Morning Call by our Own Julie Gallagher and Karen Beck Pooley

Read the OpEd Here  

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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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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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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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How a loophole let charter schools ‘buy’ buildings and still collect rent from state

A recent Morning Call article detailing how a PA loophole is allowing charter schools to essentially rip of PA taxpayers by allowing them to buy their buildings and still collect state reimbursed rent money. You can read the full article here: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-allentown-executive-education-academy-charter-school-lease-reimbursements-20171204-story.html#nws=true   BASD Proud Parents is strictly pro-public education. We are an independent group with […]

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