The Phones for Educationís Sake in PA
2014- Tom Joseph
HARRISBURG - The phones of Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Corbett may be ringing
more frequently today, as residents dial them up to talk about education in the
Commonwealth. The day has been deemed "A Call to Action," during
which groups such as Education Voters of Pennsylvania hope people will speak up
in support of public schools.
Spicka with Education Voters says it is especially important, as budget
negotiations heat up, that lawmakers have a clear understanding of what is
going on in schools.
lot of kids today have fewer learning opportunities than their brothers and
sisters had before them," Spicka says, "so this year, in an election
year, it is vitally important for our children to get a fair budget out of
says the true story of education in Pennsylvania can be brought to light when
parents take the time to explain to lawmakers how their children are being
affected by state laws and policies.
parents are saying, "My child lost music this year," or, "My
child is sitting in a kindergarten class with 26 children," then they
start to understand that what they're doing isn't working," she notes.
are also being urged to point out to legislators the importance of making a
$230 million increase proposed by the governor into permanent basic education
funding and of restoring charter school reimbursement payments to local school
districts, she adds.
Voters says among the major concerns facing education in the Commonwealth
currently is the lack of a fair, transparent and accurate funding formula, one
that provides funding to schools and their students based on current data and
on the actual costs of educating students with different needs.