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The Crisis Ahead

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THANK YOU Governor Wolf and members of the General Assembly for hearing our voices and passing a budget that maintains state funding of public education!

But we are not out of the woods yet. The School District of Philadelphia is still facing a revenue shortfall that will grow to $700 million in the next five years, due to the devastating economic consequences of COVID-19 and increased costs needed to fund schools in September.

Phase 2:
What We Need from State Legislators Now

To help the School District maintain school operations and purchase much-needed supplies to support the safety and well-being of our entire District community, we need the United States Senate to pass the HEROES Act.

Send us federal relief funding

We now urge Senator Toomey and Senator Casey to pass the HEROES Act, critical federal legislation that will provide $60 billion in emergency funding to our nation’s schools.

This one-time funding of nearly $450 million for the School District of Philadelphia will allow the district to fund additional expenses related to COVID-19, like supplies and services to ensure schools are clean and safe.

Our Ask: Pass the HEROES Act. Provide our nation’s schools with $60 billion to keep students and staff healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

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Phase 1: What We Need from State Legislators Now

In order to avoid drastic budget cuts and continue to provide the academic programs and supports our students need and deserve, we need the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to do two things:

Keep public education funding at current 2019-2020 levels.

Our School District receives 51% of its funding from the state. Major budget cuts from our primary funding source would be harmful to our students and schools. Don’t let the state balance its budget next year at the expense of our children.

Ask #1: Do not cut public education funding for SY2020-2021. Maintain funding at 2019-2020 levels.

Send us all of our federal relief funding.

Congress set aside $13.2 billion in emergency relief funds to address the impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s K-12 public schools. SDP should receive about $116 million of those funds.

Ask #2: Send the School District of Philadelphia all of its allotted federal relief funds. Do not use them to meet other state obligations or offset other funding for our schools and students.

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Starting June 25, every Thursday is Public Education Advocacy Day in Philadelphia. Let’s make our voices heard in Washington D.C. every Thursday until the HEROES Act is passed.

Call and email  Senator Toomey and Senator Casey to let them know that you are counting on them to Fund Our Schools!

Join our social media campaign using #fundourschools to ask our elected officials in Washington D.C. to Fund Our Schools!