State lawmakers will determine how much state funding SASD will receive in the budget this year and only they (our lawmakers are Senator Richard Alloway and Representatives Mark Keller and Rob Kauffman) have the power to stop the cuts in SASD. Our school board must balance the budget with the funding it receives from the state. When there is not enough state funding, the board must raise taxes, take money from savings and cut programs and services.
For the fifth year in a row, SASD is faced with making deep cuts in our schools because of a broken state funding system that is based on politics rather than on what it actually costs to educate children. We need our lawmakers to fix this broken system this year—our children cannot afford to lose more from their schools. (click SASD cuts since 2011 to see the astonishing amount SASD has already cut from our schools as a result of our state’s broken and inadequate state funding system).
At the school board meeting on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00 in the SAMS cafeteria, our school administration will share options for how to cut $300K from the district budget for 2015-2016 in order to balance the budget.
No decisions about have been made about specific cuts. However, after making deep cuts for 4 years in a row, any additional cuts will be very painful. No administrator or school board member wants to make anymore cuts. However, when state funding is inadequate, they have no choice.
This year the 4th and 5th grade strings program is on the list of items that could be eliminated in addition to other very valuable programs and services and employees. Mrs. Bender is working side by side with music department, collaboratively as a team, to rearrange schedules, looking at which teachers are available where to see if the program can be saved. However, without additional state funding, our school board must make $300K in cuts to balance the budget and the 4th and 5th grade strings program is on the list.
Now is the time to support our children and our schools. If we want to stop the cuts in SASD, we need to come together as a community and tell our state lawmakers that we expect them to support of fair, adequate state funding for our schools THIS YEAR.
You can help stop these cuts by simply by taking the following actions:
- Sign and share this petition urging our school board to keep our music program whole and urging our state lawmakers to vote for a budget that will invest additional resources in public education and to send these resources to school districts using a funding formula that takes politics out of the equation.
- Find your legislators’ phone numbers HERE and call them right now and ask them to:
- invest additional resources in public education in this year’s budget and
- enact a formula that will allocate state taxpayer dollars to school districts based on what it costs to educate children, not based on politics and deals that are cut behind closed doors in Harrisburg.
- Come to the school board meeting on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 in the SAMS cafeteria to show your support for our children and for SASD. If you have children in the strings program, have them bring their instruments.
If our state lawmakers support a state budget that invests additional money in public education, SASD will not need to make any cuts this year and instead will be able to begin to RESTORE what has been cut in recent years. Click HERE to see Governor Wolf’s proposed budget for SASD.
What happens with SASD will depend on the state budget that is passed in Harrisburg. We need Senator Richard Alloway, Representative Mark Keller and Representative Rob Kauffman to go to Harrisburg to fight for our children and vote for a budget that will support our schools. Our school board must balance the budget with the funding it receives. Without additional state funding this year, they will need to cut $300K in programs, services, and people from our children’s schools.