PA Education Funding Campaign
October 1, 2014
STATEWIDE VIDEO CONFERENCE FOR PA EDUCATION LEADERSHIP
Hundreds of Educators Galvanized Support For A Fair Basic Education Funding Formula in the Commonwealth
Milton – A campaign is underway to galvanize support in every corner of the state for a fair, predictable basic education funding formula.
Five major education leadership organizations launched the campaign via two-way video, with nearly 1,000 school administrators, board members, educators and other business and community groups attending broadcasts at one of 29 intermediate unit (IU) locations.
The conversation was hosted by the executive directors of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS) and the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU). They addressed school funding needs and success stories from other states that have fair and consistent funding formulas.
After hearing about the current state of school funding in Pennsylvania and the impact it is having on students and communities, local participants broke into groups to discuss ways to strengthen the campaign, engage stakeholders and receive support from public officials. Thirty participants were a part of the conversation at the Central Susquehanna IU in Milton. A summary of their key points will be compiled with those from the other 28 locations and will be used to inform the campaign organizers.
Nearly one dozen veteran school leaders were introduced as regional “circuit riders” that will help increase understanding of the need for every student across the state to have access to a quality education no matter where they live. They will travel throughout the state to engage school leaders in learning and advocacy on issues of fair school funding.
Social media was utilized during the days leading up to and during the videoconference, with tweets using the hash tag “PAEdFunding.”
Funded exclusively by a two-year grant, the campaign aims to build a foundation in all regions of the state to achieve fair education funding.
For more information about the campaign, or to get involved, visit http://fairfundingpa.org or contact the circuit rider for the CSIU region:
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