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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's illegal. Time to go to court...

This is wrong, it has been happening for years, and it is illegal.  Simply put, it is time to go to court. Around the state, our schools have not received adequate and equitable funding to meet our children's educational needs.  But our Constitution says “The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.”

The state government is breaking it’s own law and our kids are suffering.

So we are asking people to join us in and sign this statement of support that says:

It is time for legal action against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of kids, to force the state government to provide fair and adequate funding for public education.

This statement is just regular people saying that we believe it is time for legal action for a fair and adequate funding system for public education and to let the legal advocates know we agree it is time to seek a legal remedy.  Lawyers are reviewing the case now: we want to show strong support from across the Commonwealth - from all kinds of communities. We want them to know we agree that it has come to this. 

Click here to add your name in support of taking legal action (and use the comment section if you want to provide examples of how your kids, or your schools, are being affected by budget cuts).

Together we can put an end to this terrible cycle of inaction and fund our schools in a responsible and sane way. Thanks for making your voice heard on education.

By the way, we aren’t lawyers, but we can connect you with them if you would like to speak with someone. If you are interested in talking more about how your child has been harmed by budget cuts and want to speak to someone individually, please click here.

Friday, March 7, 2014



Let's head to City Hall! 
City Council needs to pass the sales tax extension!

Our children continue to be short-changed because of a failure to provide adequate resources to schools. Without sufficient funding, our schools can't provide the basic programs and services our children need to have an opportunity to learn. The state budget continues to be inadequate and unfair; however we still also need to do more at the City level. The City needs to find additional resources for schools.

There is one thing that can happen NOW: City Council has the power to approve $120 Million in recurring funding right now – and they need to act.
 

On Thursday, March 13th, parents are going to City Hall to let Council know we want them to get it done - no more delay.

Join us to stop by at Council offices at 9 am, 12pm & 4pm.

There will also be a press conference at 10:30 am

Fact sheets and talking points will be provided – all you need to do is be there!

Please register here:  http://bit.ly/1jZOTR7


For more information contact
Susan Gobreski  Education Voters: susan@educationvoterspa.org  215-564-2299

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Statement of Education Voters on City of Philadelphia funding for schools. 
Susan Gobreski, Executive Director 

Our children continue to be short-changed because of a failure to provide adequate resources to schools.  Without sufficient funding, our schools can't provide the basic programs and services our children need to have a good opportunity to learn. 

The responsibility to address this lies with both city and state officials. Although progress has been made, we are still not where we need to be in terms of adequate support for schools from either the city or the state.

The City of Philadelphia needs to find additional resources for schools and there is one thing that could happen right now: City Council can pass the sales tax extension for schools. Sixteen people have the power to make it happen, but really, we just need nine of them to act.  We can provide some security and stability to our children – if just a handful of members are willing to use their political capital to tell their Council President that they want a vote and then 9 people vote yes. Just 9 people have the power to deliver.

There are very few opportunities to do something this easy to make this much of a difference and we urge Council to make it happen before the winter is over.*  It will be very interesting to see who steps up at this point.


*The last day of winter in 2014 is March 19th.