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WEEKLY MESSAGES TO OUR REPRESENTATIVES

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 Messages To Members of Congress and Government Officials

  Message for April 22-29

BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR OUR MEMBERS

ON SCHOOL VOUCHERS

School voucher programs in PA (EITC/OSTC) pull millions of dollars yearly away from public schools. $470,000,000 has currently been pulled from public schools and sent to private/religious schools with no accountability required. New proposals for vouchers would send even more. Each of these dollars is funding that local public schools never receive.

Legislators argue that voucher programs do 3 things: 

  1. Offer students an alternative to failing public schools

  2. Create a pathway for low-income students to attend a better school

  3. Sponsor high academic achievement.

Pennsylvania has little or no data to support any of these claims. Other states do have data. It shows that none of these outcomes occur. Some states (NC and AZ) have found that voucher programs have become so expensive that they are trying to end them. In February 2023, the Pennsylvania Court held that the state must adequately and equitably fund public education. That process is just beginning; thus now is not the time to create new mechanism that further drain funds from public schools.

Message to our Governor and members of Congress:

Pennsylvania school funding is unconstitutional according to Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. Legislators have been charged with adequately funding public schools. Vouchers exacerbate the problem rather than correct it.

Please vote no on any new voucher initiatives, regardless of the labels (scholarships, lifelines, etc.) attached to them.

Please include your name and address.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Governor Josh Shapiro, Office of the Governor,

Address: 508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120

Phone-717-787-2500

E-mail: https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/

Senator Kim L Ward

1-717-787-6063

Senate Box 203039---Room 173 Main Capital---Harrisburg, PA 17120-3039

Email: www.senatorward.com

Senator Joe Pittman

1-717-787-8724

Senate Box 203041---Room 350 Main Capitol--Harrisburg, PA 17120-3041

Email: www.senatorpittman.com

 Representative George Dunbar

Phone:1-717-260-61321

Address: 116 Main Capital Building,P O Box 202056,Harrisburg, PA 17120-2056

Email:  https://www.repdunbar.com/contact

 Representative Eric Nelson

 432 Irvis Office Bld, P.O. Box 202057, Harrisburg, PA 17120

Phone:717-260-6146

Email:  www.repnelson.com     


 Representative Eric Davanzo

 B-16 Main Capitol, P.O. Box 202058, Harrisbury, PA 17120

Phone: 717-783-3825

Email: www.repdavanzo.com   
For other representatives--www.legis.state.pa.us

( In the address use Honorable, in the salutation use Dear Senator or Representative)

Send to:

Bob Casey

393 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6324

email form: https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/share

 

John Fetterman 

142 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4254

email form: 

https://www.fetterman.senate.gov/contact/

 

The Honorable Summer Lee-D
Email: https://summerlee.house.gov/address_authentication?form=/contact
Address: 243 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2135

or
The Honorable Guy Reschenthaler-R
531 CannonHouse Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-2065

Email: https://guyreschenthaler.gov/address authentication? form=/contact

or 

www.house.gov/representativer/find-your-representative

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