June 30, 2012

PSEA members rock the Capitol

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PSEA President Mike Crossey asked PSEA members to help fill the state Capitol rotunda on June 13. 

And that’s exactly what they did.

More than 700 members from across Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg to advocate for Pennsylvania’s public schools. They visited their legislators. And they crammed the rotunda for one of the loudest and largest events held there this year.

“On June 13, we made our voices heard in the Capitol,” Crossey said. “I am so proud to be a part of this organization. Our schools are under attack. But we are standing up, speaking up, and asking legislators to tell the governor ‘No More!’”

Video: PSEA President Mike Crossey speaks at a Lobby Day event in the Capitol:

Gov. Tom Corbett’s unprecedented budget cuts have caused a school funding crisis in Pennsylvania’s public schools. Nearly $1 billion in state funding cuts are forcing school districts to gut programs that work for their students, increase property taxes, and eliminate over 14,000 education jobs.

“As educators, we advocate for our students every day – in our classrooms, on our school buses, in the cafeteria,” Crossey said. “But, now, with our schools and students in crisis, we need to do even more. We need to make our voices heard like never before.”

Crossey reminded members that legislators are listening to them. They are working to restore $100 million that the governor wanted to cut from the Accountability Block Grant program.

“Legislators are listening to us,” Crossey said. “That just means that we need to be even louder and even stronger. We can’t give up – and we won’t.”


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