HARRISBURG, Pa., July 22, 2022 – The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) recently presented Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) with a Champion of Public Education award.  

The PSBA Champion of Public Education award recognizes lawmakers for their outstanding support of traditional public schools during a two-year legislative session. This support is measured by the legislator’s voting record, bills introduced, attendance and involvement at their local districts, and efforts to work with PSBA to support public schools.  

Senator Schwank regularly visits her local public schools to witness programs and stays engaged with school leaders on the issues they are facing.  

“It’s critical that the commonwealth’s legislators understand how their decisions impact schools on a local level,” said PSBA CEO Nathan Mains. “We commend Senator Schwank for visiting her districts to witness their successes and challenges firsthand, and for fighting on their behalf in the Capitol.”  

Sen. Schwank also introduced Senate Bill 390, which would relieve school districts that provide their own cyber education programs from financial responsibility for resident students who enroll in a cyber-charter school, saving school districts and taxpayers millions of dollars. 

“The success of Pennsylvania schools isn't possible without contributions from community members, parents, administrative staff, teachers, and the school board members who have a desire to be involved and give back to their local school districts. As a legislator, I've always fought to ensure these individuals have the resources they need to give our children the best education possible. The PSBA shares these values. I'm truly honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing to work with PSBA to build the education system Pennsylvanians deserve.” said Senator Schwank.  

PSBA thanks Sen. Schwank for her continued efforts to help school districts control mandated cyber charter tuition costs and preserve precious taxpayer resources.  

About PSBA: As the first school board association in the nation, PSBA has provided services, advocacy and counsel to inform and engage the commonwealth's elected school board directors and school leaders for more than 125 years. PSBA represents more than 6,000 school board directors, superintendents, career and technical center administrators, and other school district personnel, with voluntary membership encompassing nearly 100% of school entities statewide. Leading the charge with the unified voice of members, advocates and partners, PSBA is dedicated to promoting exceptional public education for Pennsylvania's students. 


Mackenzie Arcuri
Senior Manager of Media Relations and Strategy
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