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Welcome to my first (and possibly last) VLOG or Video Log. If you haven’t already, please click on the video above, grab some popcorn and enjoy A Brief Lesson in Pennsylvania Budget Math.
Our state budget impasse continues to grow. The Republican-controlled legislature refuses to replace the almost $1 billion in annual education funding lawmakers removed 4 years ago. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf refuses to accept a spending plan that shortchanges our school children.
This is my attempt to bring clarity to the situation so ANYONE could understand what was at stake and maybe see through some of the half truths and misdirections surrounding the issue. After all, who better than a public school teacher to explain to Republicans why they need to fund our schools?
Basically, the whole video can be summarized in this graph from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center:
For more information, please check out these other fine Gadfly on the Wall Blog articles:
- Playing Games With Our Children’s Future: A Pennsylvania Budget Parable
- Oooh! Scary! What Would Happen if Pennsylvania Passed the Wolf Budget?
- Pennsylvania GOP Lawmakers Demand Seniority For Themselves But Deny It For Teachers
- Broken Promises! Pennsylvania Republicans Ready to Renege on Pension Deal Even if It Means Breaking the Law
NOTE: This article also was published on the Badass Teachers Association blog.