Starting June 15, the Pennsylvania Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools will be leading a statewide bus tour to meet with parents, students, teachers, school staff, community members and local leaders about the need for a state budget that invests in communities, schools and (most importantly!) students.
For too long, Pennsylvania has failed to provide the necessary resources to ensure a high-quality public education for all students, especially for the 19 percent of students that are living in poverty. Over just the last four years, 70 percent of Pennsylvania schools have increased class sizes; 44 percent of districts have cut art, music and sports programs; and 35 percent of districts have slashed tutoring programs. All told, the state has lost more than 23,000 teachers and support staff.
The Pennsylvania AROS bus tour will kick in Philadelphia on June 15. See the full schedule below, as well as links to talking points, flyers, a script for contacting your state legislator, and a policy roadmap that outlines how Pennsylvania can build "the schools our children deserve."