Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Twelve Chester County PTO's hosting Legislator Meeting on May 5th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. to Discuss Budget Cuts

Chester County School Districts Multi-District PTOs to Host PA Legislator Meeting on May 5th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. to Discuss Budget Cuts

The Parent Teacher Organizations from nine Chester County school districts are hosting a meeting with area state legislators to discuss budget cuts proposed by Governor Corbett and other issues critical to public education.

The PTOs from the Avon Grove, Coatesville, Downingtown, Great Valley, Kennett, Octarara, Owen J. Roberts, Oxford, Phoenixville, Tredyffrin-Easttown, Unionville, and West Chester areas invite you to save the date of Thursday, May 5th, for that evening's 7pm to 9pm meeting. At least six elected Pennsylvania State Legislators (senate and house members) have agreed to participate by appearing and speaking at the meeting.
The governor has proposed cutting more than $1 billion from education in order to help balance next year's state budget. While many districts had already planned for spending reductions in anticipation of budget cuts, the scope and severity of the funding cuts caught most districts by surprise. Your state senators and representatives are in the best position to explain the cuts, and where they stand on voting for the proposed education reductions.
The main venue for the legislator discussions, along with a question and answer submission format, will be the East High School auditorium. If the audience exceeds the allowable capacity of East's auditorium, the auditorium at Fugett Middle School – which is just a few hundred feet up the sidewalk from East's – will be made available to view the proceedings and also submit questions to the legislators.
The meeting location is 450 Ellis Lane in West Chester, PA, just off Paoli Pike, approximately one mile east of the Route 202 exit for Paoli Pike. Please consider asking a friend who plans to attend to carpool, to allow for the parking of the large number of cars expected.

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