Legislation pending in the General Assembly (House Bill 638 sponsored by Rep. Simmons, R-Lehigh) would bring partisan party politics into public education by prohibiting school board candidates from cross-filing nomination petitions. Cross-filing is the ability allowed under the state Election Code for school board candidates to seek the nomination of more than one political party on the ballot.
PSBA is opposed to the proposed elimination of cross-filing under House Bill 638. Cross-filing avoids politicizing public education and ensures that voters can vote for the best qualified candidate regardless of the candidate’s political party status. The focus of your school board should always be on providing quality public education to the kids in your neighborhoods in a nonpartisan manner that best meets the needs of students and district residents.