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Facing a Budget Crisis, the Pennsylvania Legislature Makes It Easier to Fire Teachers

May 23, 2016

The PA Legislature will do anything to avoid adequately funding public education in the state. We got rid of Governor Corbett. Now is the time to turn the legislature blue as well.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Steven Singer hangs a dunce cap on Pennsylvania’s legislature. Facing a budget crisis, they voted to eliminate seniority and cynically called their bill “The Protecting Excellent Teachers Act.”

He writes:

“If you live in Pennsylvania, as I do, you must be shaking your head at the shenanigans of our state legislature.

“Faced with a school funding crisis of their own making, lawmakers voted this week to make it easier to fire school teachers.

“Monday the state Senate passed their version of an anti-seniority bill that was given the thumbs up by the House last summer.

“Thankfully, Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to veto it.

“As usual, lawmakers (or more accurately their surrogates at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) who actually wrote the bill) spent more time on branding the legislation than appealing to logic, sense or reason. The bill called HB 805 was given the euphemistic title “The Protecting…

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  1. As with voter ID, we must look at the reasoning behind the cuts. As the ID law was designed to limit minority voting, this law is designed to eliminate good teachers – ignorance is the Republican friend

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  2. As they vote for tax cuts for people who don’t need them, I’ll bet.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. God Bless Diane Ravitch, the voice of reason.


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