Category Archive: advocate

Fair Funding Workshop

On Tuesday, October 6th we will be holding a Fair Funding workshop. David Mosenkis, a visual data expert from POWER Interfaith, will be presenting the workshop with some updated data. Angelica Calel, a recent Pottstown grad, will open with a few words about the issue. I will also help facilitate. The workshop will be held […]

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Fair Funding for Public Education (Presentation)

This presentation is a brief overview of how Basic Education Funding is allocated in Pennsylvania and how little of it goes through the “Fair Funding Formula,” which was enacted in 2016.  This negatively impacts most public school students, and the vast majority of Black and Hispanic public school students, across the commonwealth.  The Bethlehem Area […]

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PA Fair Funding Updates

There is a fair funding workshop for PA teachers who are interested in fair funding advocacy. Topic: Fair Funding Workshop for Teachers Time: Jul 13, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84321652655?pwd=OXp3Z0tkc3JCcnJqdCtzenIzRlFRUT09 Meeting ID: 843 2165 2655 Password: 6djY2D Education Voters just put out an important report highlighting charter schools’ […]

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CALL TO ACTION –   Act now to push for necessary change to the Charter Appeals Board (CAB)!

Act now to push for necessary change to the Charter Appeals Board (CAB)! As BASD Proud Parents recently posted, of the Pennsylvania Charter Appeals Board’s 5 active members… ALL are serving long past the end-date of their initial term, and NONE are directly affiliated with or bringing the perspective of traditional public schools to CAB […]

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ICYMI – Stop the Charter School Expansion Bills!

From Our good friends at Education Voters of PA! Last week Republican members of the House Education Committee advanced two charter school expansion bills that deliver the charter school industry’s wish list. We anticipate that the House will vote on these bills in early June. Click HERE to send a letter to your state representative telling […]

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ICYMI–PETITION–End Tom Corbett’s influence over education in PA

From our good friends at Education Voters of Pennsylvania  http://educationvoterspa.org/: Tom Corbett was voted out of office more than four years ago, yet his appointees continue to control the Charter School Appeal Board (CAB), a powerful body that can overturn school board decisions to deny charter school applications and strip communities of control over their […]

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PA Schools Work – Communications and Advocacy “Lunch and Learn”

On Tuesday, February 26 at noon, Education Voters and their partners from the PA Schools Work coalition will be unpacking the Governor’s budget proposal and sharing tips on how to be an effective advocate for our public schools and students. Click HERE to register for the webinar. During this webinar, which should last for an hour or less, […]

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Cyber Charter Funding Reform Needed Now

Recently, our friends at Education Voters of PA issued a report that examines Pennsylvania’s flawed cyber school funding system and provides recommendations for a new system that will more closely match the funding sent to cyber charter schools with the actual cost of providing students with an online education. This proposal would help control property tax […]

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How Much Would Your School District Receive in Gov. Wolf’s Proposal?

Recently, Governor Wolf gave his budget address and proposed the following increases in K-12 funding in the 2019-2020 state budget: $10 million for career and technical education funding $50 million for special education funding $168 million for Basic Education Funding that will be distributed to school districts through the formula* $45 million in grant funding […]

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Getting Involved – Advocating for Fair Funding 101

Pennsylvania currently ranks 46th in the country in state contributions to local school funding. The US average is around 47%  while Bethlehem’s current state share of basic education is around 20% resulting in the BASD being underfunded by around $45 million dollars! The State’s failure to fully fund our local schools pushes this burden of […]

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