Education Advocacy Still Needed in Final Days of Budget Talks

There is still time to contact your representatives and senators – thanks!

The PA League of Women Voters supports: 

SB 910, legislation incorporating the recommendations of the Basic Education Funding Commission has passed the Senate Education Committee and has wide-spread bi-partisan support in the Senate.    While there is support for the Commission’s recommendations in the the House, they have not yet voted on legislation that would incorporate the formula  due to some disagreement between the House and Senate on exactly when to begin using the formula. In the end, a formula, no matter how fair, cannot help local school districts unless there is an increase in education funding overall.  There is still time to contact your representatives and senators to tell them you support a fair funding formula and expect to see a substantial increase in educational funding in the upcoming budget.

SB 880, legislation that would delay the use of Keystone Exams as graduation requirements, is currently in the House Education Committee.   There is no meeting scheduled to date but there is encouraging and serious talk of a delay/moratorium being passed as part of a public school code bill with the budget.  Please read PA LWV President Susan Carty’s  PA LWV Support for Delay of Keystone Exams, sent to all House and Senate members, Governor Wolf and Secretary of Education, Dr. Pedro Rivera.

Based on our charter school and privatization positions, the PA LWV opposes SB 6, The Educational Opportunity and Accountability Act.  Please read PA LWV President Susan Carty’s PA LWV Opposition to SB 6 for talking points.




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