Established in 2006, the Keystone State Education Coalition is a growing grass roots, non-partisan public education advocacy group of several hundred locally elected, volunteer school board members and administrators from school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of common interest and to facilitate active engagement in public education advocacy.
PA SENATORS POISED TO VOTE BILLION $ BAILOUT FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S FINANCIALLY STRUGGLING PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS
PA SENATORS POISED TO VOTE BILLION $ BAILOUT FOR PENNSYLVANIA'S FINANCIALLY STRUGGLING PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS
Despite a brand new Madonna poll showing that over 60% of Pennsylvanians oppose vouchers, and despite reports showing that voucher recipients in Wisconsin and Ohio perform no better than their peers in traditional public schools, yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee amended SB1 and sent it to the full Senate.
Remember the sales pitch for SB1 "to help poor kids escape failing schools"? Fuggedaboutit! Where SB1 was originally targeted to families making under $29,000 in failing schools or school districts, as amended SB1 would offer vouchers to families earning up to $67,000, even if they live in the top school districts in the state and even if their children have never set foot in a public school.
This new entitlement program to fund religious schools comes in the face of a $4 billion state budget deficit while we are cutting a billion dollars from public education.
While there were estimates that SB1 could cost a billion dollars with the $29K income cap, we have no idea how much it will cost taxpayers now that it is targeted at providing a parochial school education for Pennsylvania's middle class.
Schools receiving taxpayer dollars under SB1 would have virtually no academic performance requirements – no PSSA's, no AYP reporting, and no fiscal transparency requirements – no public budgets, no public audits, no sunshine laws, no right-to-know laws. No school code, no NCLB, no IDEA; no accountability - just tax dollars, free and clear, no strings attached.
Call or email your State Senator today and ask them to oppose SB1.
Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians oppose creating a voucher system that would use tax dollars to pay private-school tuition, according to a public opinion poll released yesterday.
The poll, commissioned by a coalition of groups opposed to school vouchers, was conducted by Terry Madonna Opinion Research. Madonna is a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster County.
On what could be the eve of a possible school vouchervote in the state Senate, a poll shows three out of four Pennsylvanians surveyed favor certain accountability for money spent on taxpayer-funded vouchers for parents to use to send their children to a private school.