Category Archive: Elected Officials

ICYMI – PA Republicans pass massive charter school & school voucher expansion

Form our friends at Education Voters of PA: Last week in the House, Republicans passed four charter school bills. One bill in the package, HB 357, is the Holy Grail expansion bill that the charter industry has been seeking for years. If HB 357 becomes law, charter school expansion will be turbocharged throughout the commonwealth. […]

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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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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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Know Your House and Senate Education Committee Members

House Education Chair:  Representative Curt Sonney Democratic Chair:  Representative James Roebuck Majority members:                                       Minority members: ◾ Brown, Rosemary M.                                   ◾ Gainey, Ed ◾ Gaydos, Valerie S.                                        ◾ Hill-Evans, Carol ◾ Gillen, Mark M.                                            ◾ Isaacson, MaryLouise ◾ Gleim, Barbara                                             ◾ Kim, Patty ◾ Hickernell, David S.                                     ◾ Madden, Maureen E. ◾ Jones, Mike                                                  ◾ McCarter, Stephen ◾ Kail, Joshua D.                                             ◾ Miller, Dan L. ◾ Knowles, Jerry                                              ◾ Mullery, Gerald J. ◾ Ortitay, Jason                                               ◾ Solomon, Jared G. ◾ Puskaric, Michael […]

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Resolution No. 2019 – in Support of Fair Funding Formula for Pennsylvania Schools

How bad is Pennsylvania in the area of equitable education funding? A 2015 Washington Post study found that Pennsylvania’s state and local per-pupil spending in its poorest school districts is 33 percent lower than per-pupil spending in the state’s most affluent school districts, nearly double that of the next worse state and the highest differential […]

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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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How Your Elected Officials Vote

Are you unsure about how your elected officials and legislators have or are voting? There is a great site called  Vote Smart that lets you do just that. All you need to do is search for your elected official’s name. When their profile comes up, select whatever issue you are inquiring about from the drop-down […]

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