Category Archive: Legislation

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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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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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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