Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Contact your legislators




July 21, 2015




Dear Colleagues, 


We at PARSS hope you are enjoying the summer, and at the same time getting prepared for the new school year. As you know, the budget is past due for more than three weeks.  The Senate has been called back, and the House is being called back tomorrow to, we hope, get some movement on passing a budget.The earlier attempts will not help rural public schools. The only budget that will substantially help rural schools is the budget proposed by Governor Wolf and some of that help wouldn’t come quickly.


The formula is very important, and we should all support its implementation, but the real issue is the amount of money that is provided, and that is the point of real resistance from legislators, especially leadership of the Republican caucuses.


As part of your preparation for next school year we would also ask you to, if possible, meet with one or more of your legislators, since they are home most of the time. Listed below are some of the talking points for you to use in your discussion with your legislator/s:



• Our schools can no longer meet the requirements of state law and regulation. Without the ability to restore programs and staff lost during the Corbett years, this situation can only worsen.
• Taxpayers are expecting property tax relief, and will be very unhappy if they don’t get it after it has been laid out there for them.
• The Basic Education Funding Commission's formula is good and will work to provide a fairer and more equitable distribution process, but it cannot work without sufficient money.
• And finally, please tell them the story of your district. Inform them of the lost opportunities for our children and the effect continued under funding will have on the community in which they live.



We would like to thank you in advance for taking time out of your busy schedules in meeting with your local legislators. We can assure you that your individual meetings can and will make a difference. Please feel free to contact us with any updates that you may hear, and of course we will keep you up-to-date, as well. If you have any questions please contact us.


This message is cosigned by Joe Bard and Ed Albert. Ed is the former superintendent of Tulpehocken SD in Berks Co. On July 1 he began a new role as PARSS' Assistant Executive Director.


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