Tell Your Representatives to Restore Public Ed Funding!

URGENT BUDGET ALERT

State legislators are in the midst of budget negotiations in Harrisburg as we speak, and this is the most critical time for us to speak out in support of public education!  With over $900 million in cuts this year that have increased class size, eliminated programs and positions and threaten to raise local property taxes across the state, they are debating even further cuts for next year.  The Senate recently passed their version of the budget which made some minor improvements to the Governor's proposal, but now the House is working on their version and they need to do more!

There is a revenue surplus in Harrisburg that has not been fully utilized, and we need them to use as much of that as they can to keep our schools on track.  Now is exactly the time that we need to use everything at our disposal!  We want the House to add an additional:

  • Add $50 million to the Senate-approved funding for Accountability Block Grants, restoring the line item to this year’s level of $100 million (still $150 million below the 2010-2011 budget level).
  • Add at least $50 million for charter school reimbursement support to school districts to begin to restore the cut of $223 million made last summer.
  • Re-structure the charter school formula to reimburse the charter schools for appropriate cost per pupil (approx. $100 million dollars would be available)
  • Provide at least a cost-of-living increase to the Basic Subsidy and Special Education line items, which will help to mitigate the seriously negative effects of last summer’s huge cut in state funding for school districts.
  • Support Rep. Murt’s amendment (A10902) to restore funding to Keystone STARS and keep the door open for early learning.

WRITE AN EMAIL TO YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE NOW!!

ENTER YOUR ADDRESS BELOW AND HIT "SUBMIT" TO BE TAKEN TO A NEW PAGE WHERE YOU CAN COMPOSE YOUR MESSAGE

1.  State Your Basic Topic - "I am concerned about all of the cuts to public education."

2.  Personalize/Localize the Cuts - "At my child's school they lost the art and music programs."

3.  Tell Them What You Want Them To Do - "I urge you to work to restore funding to basic education funding ($25 million), the Accountability Block Grant ($50 million) and Fiscally Distressed Schools ($25 million)."

4.  Ask for Reply/Let Then Know You Are Paying Attention - "I would appreciate a written response to this email, and I will be follow budget negotiations closely as they develop.  Public education is my top priority as a taxpayer and voter!"

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