BLUE PENNSYLVANIA – KEEP PUBLIC EDUCATION PUBLIC

KEEP PUBLIC EDUCATION PUBLIC

This coming November, every seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be up for election.  This past year, some of the current occupants of those seats have consistently voted to place the funding of public school students into the hands of private entrepreneurs.  Every State legislator has as much of an effect on your tax dollars as those House members who represent your local district.  Below is a list of those legislators in the Delaware Valley who have voted against keeping public education in the public’s hands, as well as their challengers this coming November, and their challengers’ positions on education.  The campaign season has just begun, so please expect many more of these boxes to fill out as the year progresses.

Name County/
Counties
HB-357
1(see
footnote)
HB-800
2(see
footnote)
ChallengerDoes challneger support full/fair funding?Does challenger support charter reform?
Stephen Barrar**Chester/
Delaware
YY
Gene Digirolamo** BucksYYHarold Hayes***
Frank Farry BucksYY
Tim Hennessey Chester/
Montgomery
YY
John Lawrence Chester/
Lancaster
YY
Thomas Murt**Montgomery/
Philadelphia
YYNancy GuenstY
Todd PolinchockBucksYYGary Spillane
Christopher QuinnDelawareYY
Meghan SchroederBucksYYMarlene KatzY
Justin Simmons**Lehigh/
Montgomery/
Northampton
Y*Kevin BrancoYY
Craig StaatsBucksYY
Todd StephensMontgomeryYYJonathan Kassa
Wendi ThomasBucksYY
Marcy Toepel**MontgomeryYYJill DenninYY
Martina WhitePhiladelphiaYY
* Not Present
**Retiring
***Special Election
  1. HB-357: Would allow poorly performing charters to expand without proper oversight
  2. HB-800: Would add $100/yr. to the Educational Improvement Tax Credits .
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