Reason to celebrate

email from Education Voters PA, 11/9/12

We have a reason to celebrate!

This election was an important one with a lot at stake. These past two years, education has faced a lot of challenges: the loss of crucial educational programs, drastic budget cuts, attempts to undermine public schools through privatization and diverting funds to other programs – even the very idea that every child deserves a free and appropriate education. On Tuesday, voters across the Commonwealth made it clear that they want every kid in every community to have an opportunity to learn.  More and more, we are making education a top tier voting issue!

Education Voters Action Fund is proud to announce that, as of this morning, 20 of our 28 endorsed candidates have won, with 2 races still being resolved. Education was a focal point in many of these races. EVAF was talking to communities and to candidates to help ensure a robust dialogue about public priorities and how our decisions affect the quality of education. In many more races education played a key role in debates, with candidates stating opposition to the extreme cuts; telling voters they will support community schools; trying to defend their positions on some of the controversial issues or justify some of their poor positions. Some were taking a stand and pledging to fight for a better funding system with the resources needed to provide quality programs for all students.

The Senate now has 27 Republicans and 23 Democrats, with education supporters from both parties. The House (at the time of this email) has 109 Republicans and 89 Democrats.

We would like to congratulate ALL of the pro-public education candidates – for running for public office and helping to present voters with a better understanding of the issues and for making a commitment to Pennsylvania’s students and our communities in their candidacy. Our endorsed candidates are listed below…

see winning EdVotersPA Action Fund endorsemees here

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