Monday, March 14, 2011

School Choice Action Alert from the PA Catholic Conference website

Here is an action alert on vouchers from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference asking their stakeholders to support SB1 at meetings around the state.
If you are opposed to vouchers you might want to consider attending these hearings/meetings in Erie, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton.

http://www.pacatholic.org/catholic-education/school-choice-action-alert-march-11-2011/#more-2591


School Choice Action Alert – March 11, 2011

Submitted by A_Camacci on Friday, March 11 2011
ATTENTION Pennsylvania school choice supporters:
upcoming school choice hearings and events on school vouchers throughout Pennsylvania
ERIE:On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, beginning at 3:00 pm, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee will host a hearing on Senate Bill 1: the Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act.
The location is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Room 112, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie.
Visit www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for driving directions and more details about the hearing.
Philadelphia:On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, beginning at 12:00pm, the Anti-Defamation League will host a forum on Our Schools at a Crossroads (Vouchers & Senate Bill 1): Where Does the Future Lie.
The location is Mellon Bank, 8th Floor, 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia.
Pittsburgh:On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, beginning at 9:00 am, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee will host a hearing on Senate Bill 1: the Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act.
The location is the University of Pittsburgh, The William Pitt Union Building, Room 837, 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh.
Visit www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for driving directions and more details about the hearing.
Harrisburg:On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, beginning at 7:30 pm, CBS News Presents: Face the State Live regarding Vouchers & Senate Bill 1.
The location is Shippensburg University, The H. Ric Luhrs Preforming Arts Center, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg.
Visit http://www.whptv.com/Content/LiveEvent/LiveEventDefault.aspx for driving directions and more details about the event.
Scranton:On Thursday, March 31, 2011 beginning at 10:00 am, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee will host a hearing on Senate Bill 1: the Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act.
The location is Marywood University, Nazareth Hall, The Latour Room, 2300 Adams Avenue Scranton.
Visit www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for driving directions and more details about the hearing.
Harrisburg:
On Thursday, April 7, 2011 beginning at 10:00 am, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee will host a hearing on Senate Bill 1: the Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act.
The location is The Capitol, Room 418 Main Capitol Building 
Visit www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for driving directions and more details about the hearing.
Show your support for school choice!
Senate Bill 1 – the Opportunity Scholarship Act would provide scholarships for both public-to-public and public-to-private school choice. It also includes an increase in funding for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
Providing a quality education for our children is the most critical investment we can make for our future. Pennsylvania needs a more effective and less costly way to educate our children. SB 1 is the right choice for Pennsylvania’s future.
These events are all free and open to the public. All advocates are urged to attend the events. T-shirts, signs and other respectful demonstrations of support are encouraged.
Can’t attend the hearing? Visit, call, fax, write or e-mail your state legislators and urge them to support SB 1 OR write a letter to the editor of one of the Philadelphia area newspapers. Use the tool on PCC’s website to draft one in your own words. Sign in as an ACE-PA member; it will send your letter to the newspapers that circulate in your area.
For the latest news and action alerts about school choice visit www.pacatholic.org/schoolchoice.
The energy, enthusiasm and Catholic school spirit of sincerely concerned parents, educators and taxpayers is the key to advancing Catholic education for our children now and in the future. The Advocates for Catholic Education in Pennsylvania (ACE-PA) is a grassroots advocacy network committed to preserving and protecting Catholic education in Pennsylvania.

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