It was a tough week, but the advocacy efforts of PSBA members and staff were influential in the fight that led to great success on Capitol Hill. Three PSBA legislative priorities received final passage last week and are heading to the governor’s desk. The association and our members also played a major role in halting a damaging private school voucher bill.
- PSBA aggressively fought to defeat efforts to pass House Bill 1800, meeting with individual legislators to emphasize the negative impact of private school vouchers on all public schools and their students. In addition, hundreds of public school advocates flooded the House will emails and calls in response to PSBA's Legislative Alerts. For more information, read PSBA's Special Legislative Report on this week's activity on House Bill 1800.
- The general assembly passed PSBA’s suggestions on school safety. Amendments were inserted into House Bill 49 (Rep. Brown, R-Monroe) that authorize necessary fixes to provisions under Act 67 of 2019 regarding school safety personnel. After some continued negotiations on specific language, the House and Senate each approved the bill that will now go to Governor Wolf.
- In response to the need voiced by school directors, PSBA worked with Rep. Rapp (R-Warren), Sen. Baker (R-Luzerne) and Sen. Scavello (R-Monroe) to move legislation addressing vaping among minors. PSBA is pleased to report that Senate Bill 473 and House Bill 97 received final votes last week and are headed to the governor.
- Legislation sought by PSBA to create a level playing field for all school board candidates received final passage this week and will be headed to Governor Wolf. House Bill 227 (Rep. Gabler, R-Clearfield) amends the PA Election Code to require 10 signatures on a petition to run for school director.
PSBA appreciates our members continued support and engagement to better public education for all of Pennsylvania’s students.