Your Help is Needed: School budget cuts expected this weekend!
Philadelphia Student Union members have been working hard all year to ensure that the school funding formula put in place last year will remain intact, and that underfunded districts across the state will continue to see increases that get us closer to funding equity. Students have met with legislators, testified before the House Education Committee, and helped create a Community Account of school improvements. NOW, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PROTECT SCHOOL FUNDING.
The House of Representatives will vote on a budget today (Friday) that provides some additional support for basic education but fails to fully fund the second year of the basic education funding formula. The Senate may vote on this revised budget over the weekend. Advocates expect them to slash support for basic education as they did in their original budget.
PLEASE CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT FULL FUNDING FOR THE BASIC EDUCATION FORMULA.
AND PLEASE CALL THE SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA SENATORS (listed below) IN CHESTER, MONTGOMERY & BUCKS COUNTIES TODAY AND THRU THE WEEKEND.
Sen. Andrew Dinniman,Chester and Montgomery Counties, Harrisburg office: (717) 787-5709, West Chester office: (610)-692-2112h
Sen. Edwin Erickson, Delaware and Chester Counties, Harrisburg office: (717) 787-1350 or toll free: 800-364-1581 Drexel Hill office: (610) 853-4100 or toll free: 866-853-4102
Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Harrisburg office: (717) 787-6599, Willow Grove office: (215) 657-7700 or toll free: 800-924-3300 Sen. Dominic Pileggi, Chester and Delaware Counties, Harrisburg office: (717) 787-4712, Glen Mills office: (610) 358-5183 Baltimore Pike office in West Grove: (610) 345-1084 Chester office: (610) 447-5845
Sen. John Rafferty Jr., Chester and Montgomery Counties, Harrisburg office: (717) 787-1398, Pottstown office (Chester Co.) (610) 469-8390 Collegeville office (MontCo) (610) 831-8830
Sen. Robert Tomlinson, Bucks County, Harrisburg office: (717) 787-5072, Levittown office: ( 215) 945-2800 Richboro office: (215) 942-5157 Bensalem office ( 215) 638-1784
Sen. Robert Wonderling, Bucks, County, Harrisburg office:717-787-3110, Office in Quakertown: Bucks County (215) 529-1215 Office in Lansdale (Montgomery County) (215) 368-1500
Equitable education funding is vital for improving schools in Philadelphia and across the state. This weekend is a crucial time when your calls and emails can make a difference. Thank you for doing your part to support this effort!