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.
The Keystone State Education Coalition was
originally established in 2006 as the Southeastern Pennsylvania School
Districts’ Education Coalition (SPSDEC). It is a growing grass roots public
education advocacy group comprised of several hundred locally elected,
volunteer school board members (no salaries, no benefits, no pensions) and
administrators from over 300 Pennsylvania school districts in Allegheny,
Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Crawford, Cumberland,
Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Indiana, Jefferson, Lackwanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Montgomery,
Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Washington and York Counties.
Our focus is on improving
student learning and achievement for allPennsylvaniapublic school students.
are a “non-partisan” group of school directors with political affiliations
comprising both political parties and independents. Our objective is not
to promote the political agenda of either party, but rather to advocate for
kids - for “best practices” in education, for fiscal responsibility to the
local taxpayer, for effective use of their tax dollars, and for local control
of public education.
We believe that public education is the
foundation of our democracy, and that there is essential intrinsic value in
children of all races, religions, special needs, cultural and socio-economic
backgrounds learning together. In contrast to private businesses whose mission is to make a profit, we believe that the mission of public education is to make informed American citizens.
Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform
our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of
Our “special interests” are our stakeholders –
students, parents and taxpayers.
We have been actively engaged in policy
discussions and the legislative process on issues such as tax reform,
graduation exams, adequate and equitable school funding, best practices, safe schools, oversight and funding
of charter schools and cyber charter schools, mandate relief, school nutrition
regulations, vocational/technical schools and vouchers. We have presented testimony on those issues to
the PA House and Senate Education Committees, the PA House Republican Policy
Committee, the PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee, the PA House Democratic Policy Committee and the PA Independent
Regulatory Review Commission.
Keystone State Education CoalitionCo-Chairs:
Shauna D’Alessandro, 12 year retired Master School Board Director, West
Jefferson Hills School District, Allegheny County
PSBA Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award 2014
LawrenceA. Feinberg, School District ofHaverford Township, Delaware
Mark B. Miller,CentennialSchool District,BucksCounty
PSBA Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award 2014
Roberta M. Marcus, 20 year retired Master School Board Director, Parkland
School District, Lehigh County
PSBA Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award 2012
Valentina Viletto, General Counsel, 8 year retired school director, Cheltenham
School District, Montgomery County
PSBA Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award 2013
About Blogger Lawrence A. Feinberg:
A member of the School District of Haverford Township school
board since 1999, Feinberg has earned a reputation as a leading advocate for
public education statewide. He serves as chairman of the Delaware County School
Boards Legislative Council where he has been a member since 2000. In 2006, he
founded and now co-chairs the Keystone State Education Coalition, a
non-partisan grassroots public education advocacy group, where he publishes a
daily PA Education Policy Roundup that reaches more than 3500 state and federal
policymakers. He was recently appointed to his fifth two year term as a member
of the National School Boards Association’s Federal Relations Network.
Feinberg has provided legislative testimony before several PA
legislative and regulatory committees.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the PA School Boards
Association and a participant in the Pennsylvanians Opposed to Vouchers
Coalition, the PA School Funding Campaign Steering Committee and the
Philadelphia Education Fund’s Education First Compact.
In 2011, he received PSBA’s first annual Timothy M. Allwein
Advocacy Award. In 2012, Feinberg received the Media Area NAACP’s Foot Soldier
for Justice Award in recognition of his commitment to universal public
education and advocacy efforts, and was invited to join a group of Pennsylvania education
leaders to meet with senior administration education policy advisors at the
White House. In November 2012 he was
recognized by Diane Ravitch as a “hero of public education” and model education
He previously served as chairman of the Board of Managers of the Main
Line YMCA and as a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Philadelphia
and Vicinity. Feinberg attended Philadelphia public schools, is a graduate of LaSalleUniversity and attended VillanovaUniversity for graduate business
coursework. He is president of The Local Group Inc., an information systems
consulting firm that he founded in 1992 and has over 30 years of business consulting
experience. A long-time runner, he has started and finished 25 marathons.