Mom: Are there things you wish were in your school (that would improve your educational experience) that aren’t? Why are these things not in your school?
P: I wish we had gym more often. I wish more classes were like Challenge where you learn something in a book and then use it like in real life. Like when we learned about robots and built them. Or science class where we built things to withstand earthquakes. I want more stuff where you use what you learn. But at school you have to read books, answer questions and do everything on paper, there isn’t enough time for touching and doing stuff.
Mom: What would it mean to you if these resources (identified in question 5) were available in your school?
P: It means I would like school more. It means you would see a point to the stuff they make you learn. Most stuff you learn and it doesn’t matter ’cause you don’t use it.
Mom: How should lawmakers determine the amount of funding they should give to a school?
P: They should talk to the kids and teachers and see what stuff they want to learn and the experiments they want to do and give them the money to pay for it.
My son is a gifted student and receives extra support so that his genius continues to grow. One of my twin daughters, who is a second grader, is at the other end of the educational spectrum. She is having difficulty with reading. She has an amazing memory and a vocabulary that would be impressive if she was in high school. The staff and administration at her elementary school were able to do extensive testing and evaluations to help identify the problem. Now, my daughter has a specially designed instructional plan that will help her get what she needs. It has been a month, and we are able to see real improvement.
When I shared our experiences with a friend who is a special education teacher in the Philadelphia school district, she told me that my daughter would not have the same outcome and bright future had she been a student in her many Philadelphia schools because of a lack of funding. This news saddened me since I have relatives and friends with children in public schools in the city. Hopefully, the Campaign for Fair Education Funding will do something to help all children obtain the same high-quality education my daughter receives.
If you believe that there is a need for Pennsylvania to adopt and maintain an adequate and equitable system of funding public education, you too can support students and help them get the education they deserve. If you want to get involved, you can go to the Campaign for Fair Education Funding’s website and click the links to get involved. Once there you will be able to:
- sign up to receive campaign updates and information
- contact your Find Your State Representative state legislators
- speak out on social media via Facebook and Twitter
- participate in an event
- share your story using the Hear Me link
- join the campaign as an organizational member
When you sign up for the Campaign for Fair Education Funding’s e-newsletter, you will get information that will help you contact your legislators to urge them to prioritize this issue. Education is an important issue for all of us. It doesn’t matter where your children go do school or if you even have children. We must all work together to make fair education funding in Pennsylvania a reality. So, what are you going to do today to help create fairness in education funding in Pennsylvania?