In Honor of Dr. King, PA Needs Education Justice Now!
Pennsylvania’s current school funding formula creates a separate and unequal system that hurts children all across the commonwealth. I stood with a number of elected officials, education advocates, students and teachers April 5 – a day after the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – to call for fully funding Pennsylvania’s fair funding formula so that we can finally have education equality in Pennsylvania.
Dr. King spoke out against injustice of every kind before his tragic death, and what is happening in our state is nothing short of a systemic injustice. The entire commonwealth suffers by not getting this done, and as a result the nation suffers. Nearly 60 percent of jobs require higher education of some kind (college, certification, professional training, etc.) and we are only producing 47 percent of the workers who meet those requirements. We are suffering and we are suffering dramatically.
We are still in the middle of the pandemic, and while there is light at the end of the tunnel, we must remain vigilant in fighting back against this virus until we reach our public health goals and a new normal. You can do your part in the #StopTheVirus campaign by doing these three things: Get a mask, get the test, get the vaccine.