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Monday, April 16, 2018 9:13 AM

When teachers and school staff members do hear of threats, knowing exactly how to respond can be challenging.
NPR, April 14, 2018
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Friday, April 13, 2018 1:27 PM

You own your home. But under Pennsylvania's property tax system, you need to pay the government thousands of dollars every year to keep it. Pollsters say the property tax is a really unpopular one.

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Friday, April 13, 2018 1:26 PM

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, (D-204), joined a host of parents, advocates and others Tuesday in calling for an end to bullying. House Bill 2009, which would require bullying education to be taught in schools on all grade levels in the state.
Courier Express, April 13, 2018
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Friday, April 13, 2018 1:24 PM

U.S. schools have significantly increased security measures and preparation for events like school shootings in the last 20 years, the newest federal data show.
Education Week, April 12, 2018 (Subscription may be required.)
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Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:40 AM

We have been hearing some chatter in Harrisburg that some lawmakers on the Senate Education Committee are itching to vote on Senate Bill 2, the education savings account voucher bill, sometime before they go on break in May.

Pennsylvanians who support public education have sent thousands of emails and letters to lawmakers opposing ESA voucher legislation. Now it is time to step up our efforts.
On Monday, April 16, the PA Principals Association will be joining together with the Pennsylvanians Opposed to Vouchers coalition and others to flood lawmakers' offices with phone calls. A Twitter storm will be held from 12:00-1:00 p.m., using the hashtag #NoVouchersinPA and you are invited to Tweet and retweet along with the coalition.

What can you do now?
  1. Click HERE to find your state senator's contact information. Put his/her number in your cell phone contacts so that it will be easy to call on Monday.
  2. If you have a Twitter account, Click HERE to follow Education Voters of PA. A Twitter storm will be held on Monday from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  3. Share this Facebook event with your networks to double/triple/quadruple your impact by inviting your friends to join this action and get a reminder on Monday to make a quick call.
  4. If you haven't sent a letter to your state lawmaker yet, Click HERE and send one now!
Anti-public education lawmakers are going to extreme lengths to move Senate Bill 2 out of committee. Republican leadership rigged the makeup of the Senate Education Committee, one member sent out inaccurate information about the bill, and now some lawmakers are hoping that a vote on Senate Bill 2 will fly under the radar.

Please plan to spend a few minutes on Monday calling your state senator (and Tweeting if you are on Twitter) to send a message that you you are paying attention and that you expect state lawmakers to support public education, not a school privatization scheme that will funnel hundreds of millions of dollars out of public schools


Click HERE to listen to a podcast about Senate Bill 2 with the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. 

 

 

 
Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:42 AM

Teachers in Arizona are staging what they're calling a walk-in today. These protests follow a strike in West Virginia that lasted nine consecutive school days and ended with a 5% pay raise for the state's teachers. Given that this fight over school funding could spread to other states, it's worth asking: How did we get here?
NPR, April 12, 2018
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Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:41 AM

Our lawmakers in the state Capitol don’t work often enough together, but we’re glad some of them have found common cause in Senate Bill 1095, because it’s a good one.
LancasterOnline, April 12, 2018
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Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:40 AM

The Pennsylvania legislature would get more control over how state legislative boundary lines are drawn under an amended bill that passed out of the House Government Committee along party lines Wednesday.
WHYY, April 11, 2018
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:49 AM

Among the ideas bandied about during the hearing for improving school safety included arming school staff, making modifications that restrict entry points in schools, and performing threat vulnerability assessments of school building.
PennLive, April 10, 2018
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:48 AM

The Nation's Report Card is in, and it shows that Pennsylvania students outperformed the national average for proficiency in math and reading on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 10, 2018
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