OMG--Less than Corbett Proposed?? Call to Action for Public Education

It is hard to imagine, but the PA House advanced a state budget in Harrisburg that is far worse for public schools than the budget Governor Corbett proposed earlier this year. 

The PA House is calling to eliminate the $241 million increase in state funding for proposed Ready to Learn Block grants and replace this with a paltry $70 million increase in Basic Education Funding. Under the House budget, PA school districts would lose about 70% of the increases in state funding they were expecting to receive this year, funding that they were relying on to balance their budgets.

The House budget is irresponsible and unacceptable.  It does not call for a shale tax or a cigarette tax.  Instead, it relies on the sale of state liquor stores (which the Senate has so far not supported), gimmicky sources of one-time funding, and the suspension of selected tax credits to balance the budget. Budget negotiations are just beginning.

While the budget is still fluid and negotiations are taking place, advocates must speak out loudly and with one voice in support of responsible funding for public schools this year. If we don't speak up, public education will likely receive little more than scraps in the budget this year.

Do 3 things in 10 minutes to make a difference! Click here for your legislators' phone numbers.Click here for tips on how to make a good phone call. 1.      Call your State Senator. 2.      Call your State Representative. 3.      Call Gov. Corbett's office at (717) 787-2500.  

Please join us and make a call TODAY. Our calls can be simple and quick. Click here to take action. Ask legislators to:

Please plan to join us in our Call to Action Day TODAY and any of the next 4 days (even the weekend!) and invite your friends and neighbors who care about public schools to pick up their phones, too. If we don’t speak loudly and with one voice this budget season, our public schools will get little more than scraps in this budget, which, as you know, is something our children and our communities cannot afford.

Want to double your impact?  Ask a friend to make a call that day too!   

Please take 5-10 minutes on Monday, June 30th  to help ensure a bright future for Pennsylvania!