From Education Voters
|This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for defenders of public education in PA.
On Wednesday, October 18, mostly along party lines, the PA House passed an amended School Code with significant attacks on public education buried deep in the 75-page bill.The School Code is an omnibus bill, a single document that requires a single vote, but packages together a wide variety of different measures, many of which could not pass on their own.
The School Code bill (HB 178) that the PA House passed:
Pennsylvanians who care about quality public education for all students must contact their state senators and Governor Wolf today to demonstrate strong opposition to this stealth attack on public education.
The School Code will go to the Senate, which returns to Harrisburg on Monday, October 23. The Senate may vote on the School Code as is, it may amend the School Code, or it may decide to take no action. The legislature does not need to pass a School Code in order to enact the 2017-2018 budget.
When lawmakers are unable to pass education-related legislation through the regular process, they sneak it into the School Code bill in the hopes that their constituents are too disengaged to notice.
Thank you for your continued support of public education.
Susan Spicka, Executive Director, Education Voters of PA
PS: The House passed a revenue plan to fund the budget that includes no shale tax, a whopping $1.5 BILLION in borrowing against the state tobacco fund and transfers from one-time sources. The Senate will consider this revenue proposal next week.
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