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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Education Voters of PA gives PA House "pat on the back" for passing Basic Education Funding Commission


Asks what they will do next to make sure kids don't go without any longer


Statement from Education Voters of Pennsylvania Executive Director on the passage of the Basic Education Funding Commission in the Pennsylvania House:

“We are very pleased that there is action on school funding – Pennsylvanians have been clamoring for it.  We need a long-term solution and this has the potential to cut through the partisan rhetoric and put things on the right track.  Representative O’Neill (R-Bucks) should get a round of applause for his leadership on this. But there is a long road ahead: a commission will tell us what we need to do in several years.  

There are things that we can and must do now to get schools on track – we need to cut class sizes, restore programs that have been cut like arts and music and ensure every child has access to guidance counselors and libraries. The legislature has work to do this year, even while the Senate considers legislation and a commission does its work if approved. There must be a significant increase in education funding this year that is directed at educational programs and restoring services that have been cut – too many children are going without on their watch. So they should pat themselves on the back, toast the progress and then roll up their sleeves and figure out what they are going to make happen this year.”

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About Education Voters of PA
Education Voters Pennsylvania is a non-profit, non-partisan organization.  We were established in 2007 to promote a pro public education agenda with elected leaders, legislators and the public.

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