On June 21, members of POWER congregations and other allied groups around the state, will gather in Harrisburg and call on the state legislature to fulfill the promise of the POWER-supported funding formula that was adopted last summer - to run all education dollars through the state basic education. Currently only 6% of state basic education funding goes through the formula, resulting in significant disparities in funding based on race and income. Research conducted for POWER by our own David Mosenkis showed that on average, the whitest districts get $1,900 per student more than their fair share, and the least white districts get $1,900 per student less than their fair share. David will be one of the speakers at the rally.
Urge Senator Eichelberger, chair of the state Senate Education Committee, to hold public hearings and allow testimony from students and school leaders throughout Pennsylvania on the devastating impact of the state's inequitable funding system.
PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER AND RESERVE A SPACE ON THE BUS BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW (which also has full details):
Agenda & Logistics
8:30 AM – Buses leave POWER office in Philadelphia and from POWER Metro Location (POWER Metro Location TBD)
9:30 AM – Briefing on buses on the day’s activities
10 AM – 11 AM POWER Center PA Clergy and lay leaders meet with their State Senator and State Representatives in State Capitol
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Buses from POWER Philadelphia and POWER Metro arrive at State Capitol
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM Participants from POWER Philadelphia and POWER Metro go through security
12:00 PM – 1 PM Rally in State Capitol’s main rotunda
1:00 PM – 2:45 PM Actions on Eichelberger and Hickernell
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Load buses for POWER Philadelphia and POWER Metro return trips
3:00 PM PM Center PA Clergy and Lay Leaders debrief at (Location TBD)
4:30 PM Debrief on buses for POWER Philadelphia and POWER Metro leaders
6:00 PM Buses return to POWER Office and POWER Metro location