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Friday, November 12, 2010

You Can Help 9,000 Pennsylvania Children Get a Head Start

Study after study has shown that early intervention is the best way to help kids succeed in school. So you’d think it would be a no-brainer for Congress to maintain funding for the Head Start program when it resumes on Monday, Nov. 15.

You would be wrong.

Congress is considering cuts to federally funded pre-school education programs. These cuts would leave 9,000 children in Pennsylvania and 300,000 children nationwide out in the cold.

But you can help.  Join Education Voters PAand Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children on Monday for a National Action Day.

We’re asking you to call Congress and tell them that these programs are vital for our country’s future.

Here’s what to do:
  1. Call 1-888-460-0813
  • The first person to answer the phone will be an operator who will ask how you want to be connected. Tell the operator the name of your Member of Congress. (Not sure? Look it up at the National Women's Law Center.
  1. Once you are connected to the office of your Member of Congress, a staff person will answer the phone. Tell the staff person: My name is XXXX and I am calling from (city, state) and I am (your role).
  2. Tell the staff person:
    “Don’t drop 300,000 children from child care and Head Start. Make sure that funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant and Head Start is NOT REDUCED in the appropriations bill and that the Early Learning Challenge Fund is included. We are counting on you here in Pennsylvania. Thank you.”
Then, hang up and ask five friends or coworkers to make a call as well.
Just last month, a Pennsylvania Department of Education report noted that more than 98 percent of the children in pre-k programs like Head Start showed "age-appropriate or emerging age-appropriate proficiency" in literacy, numeracy and social skills. The children then continued to perform as well as or better than their classmates in kindergarten and first grade.

These children are depending on you.  Don’t let them down.  On Monday morning, make that call!




Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Time to Work Together

After all the commercials, canvassing and phone calls, the 2010 election is finally behind us, and one thing that is very clear --  Pennsylvania’s politics will change dramatically come January of next year.
We congratulate Governor-elect Tom Corbett on his decisive victory.  The two gubernatorial candidates had a healthy dialogue about a great many issues, including education, and we are pleased to have been a part of facilitating that conversation. 
Mr. Corbett has made statements about public education and has said he thinks it is important.  We look forward to working with the new Governor and Legislature to continue the progress that has been made towards improving our public education system. 
 In each election, Education Voters will do our best to ensure that education issues are raised up and explored, to educate people running for office and the public about critical issues,  and to help make recommendations about how to elect people who will make it a priority.  And after every election we will work with people we have supported and people we have not supported -- to bring about solutions that make Pennsylvania stronger.  We will also expect to find common ground in unexpected places.  Our focus is will be on providing quality education to all children, and to push our legislature and all elected officials, to do better, to work harder.
 
Congratulations again to the candidates that were victorious last night and to everyone that participated in this election, whether by volunteering, voting or seeking office. 
Now, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work – together.

Monday, November 1, 2010

TOMORROW is the DAY!

We know you’ve been inundated with phone calls, mailings, television and radio ads about the election tomorrow.  But think about it --  would all these candidates, political parties and interest groups be spending all these millions of dollars to get your attention if it wasn’t REALLY IMPORTANT? 

And yeah, I know you’ve heard this a million times too, but tomorrow’s election IS critically important. 

The votes cast tomorrow will determine the direction our state will take for the next several years.  As someone who cares passionately about public education, we know you share our concern that the next Governor and Legislature make this issue a top priority.  To see our endorsements please go to our website, EducationVotersPA.

So how do we make that happen?  WE VOTE TOMORROW!   We bring friends with us to the polls.  We make sure our family members, our colleagues and our neighbors go vote.  It’s all up to us now --  our kids are counting on us.

Make a difference, make your voice be heard, VOTE on Tuesday, November 2nd! 

For more about your voting rights or to find your local polling place, please visit http://www.seventy.org/ or www.http://votepa.com/votepa.com.