Join Education Voters of PA and our partners in the PA Schools Work campaign on Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 pm for a virtual event on fixing PA’s unconstitutional public school funding system and learn how the Basic Education Funding Commission can change the game for PA public schools.
I will be joining Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg (attorney with the Public Interest Law Center) and Laura Boyce (executive director of Teach Plus) to share more about
- Pennsylvania’s school funding system,
- What the school funding lawsuit says, and
- How advocates can engage with the Basic Education Funding Commission, the body charged with addressing the lawsuit decision.
In his March 7th budget address, Governor Josh Shapiro made a commitment to “come up with a solution that ensures every child has access to a thorough and efficient education.” He stated, “And that means we are all acknowledging that the court has ordered us to come to the table and come up with a better system, one that passes constitutional muster.”
The table Governor Shapiro referred to is Pennsylvania’s Basic Education Funding Commission, a bipartisan group of lawmakers and representatives from the Governor’s office who will be conducting meetings across the commonwealth this fall to examine the school funding issue and, ultimately, put forward a recommendation for how public schools should be funded.
Our advocacy for a constitutional school funding system that guarantees “all students have access to a comprehensive, effective, and contemporary system of public education” begins now with the Basic Education Funding Commission.
Thank you for your continued support of public education.