Here's to community organizing!
Pennsylvania residents aren't happy with Governor Tom Corbett's drastic cuts to the state education budget, and they're voicing their disapproval loud and clear. In some inspiring grass-roots mobilizing efforts, residents and parents have been attending public debates and even House Appropriations Committee hearings to grill legislators on their budget priorities.
Over the past two years, Corbett has imposed deep cuts to the public education budget, to the tune of $900 million in the 2011-12 budget with an additional $994 million cut in the proposed 2012-13 budget. With significantly less state funding, parents are frustrated that the burden of supporting schools has fallen heavily on local communities.
Susan Gobreski, Executive Director of Education Voters Pennsylvania, recently wrote an OTL blog in response to the nealy $1 billion cut, calling the governor out for politicizing the issue of school funding. She says the cuts were originally proposed as temporary measures in tough economic times. That Corbett has chosen not to restore funding but to cut even more reveals an agenda less about economic sacrifice and more about the slimming down of the education budget.