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.
In Governor’s Corbett’s proposed budget, he eliminates the Accountability Block Grant, a state program that has supported full day Kindergarten for 62,000 students and Pre-K for 3,500 students.Early education is critical in a child’s education, enabling them to be better prepared academically and helping to close the achievement gap.Pre-K and Full day Kindergarten also enable parents to work and reduces employee absenteeism.
Last year, over 500 advocates filled the capitol rotunda calling for continued support for high quality, early childhood programs – Pre-K Counts, Head Start, Child Care Works and Keystone STARS. Our voices could be heard throughout the capitol gaining the attention of policymakers and staff!
We have a new governor and many new members of the state legislature. This year more than ever, Pennsylvania policymaker are facing choices about how to allocate resources. We need you in Harrisburg on April 12 to help secure Investments in early learning programs.