- Educators happy state budget passed, but unsure when money will be distributed to school districts
- Districts used reserve funds to make up for lack of state funding
- Leaders urge educators, residents to keep in touch with local legislators about education needs
IF YOU READ the paper or listen to the news, you probably have some opinions about the issues facing the Philadelphia School District. You know that Harrisburg's repeated slashing of education spending and its failure to come up with a fair and permanent funding formula continue to take a toll. Adding to that problem are questionable district priorities, which have resulted in:
- More than 160 teacher vacancies, leaving at least 5,300 students without a full-time teacher this year.
- The substitute fill rate plummeting from 65 percent to below 40 percent after the School Reform Commission's vote to outsource jobs.
- Lack of support staff, including counselors and classroom aides, resulting in an increase in serious incidents in many schools.
- Fewer than eight certified school librarians in the entire district.
- 2017 President Elect (one-year term)
- 2017 Vice President (one-year term)
- 2017-19 Central Section at Large Representative – includes Regions 4, 5, 6, 9 and 12 (three-year term)
- the current budget impasse
- the basics of education funding
- the school funding lawsuit
- the 2016-2017 proposed budget
House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173
Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Joe Scarnati, (717) 787-7084
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377