A Review of the Public Education Funding Briefing on May 7th.
Issue: Learning about Pennsylvania’s inequitable distribution of state funds for public schools
Seven of us (Pat McCole, Mark Fifer, Ginger Fifer, Margaret Somerville, Sue Althouse, Larry Cozzens, Colin Angevine) attended the presentation at BethAm Israel on Sunday evening May 7; there were over 40 folks representing nine congregations present. David Mosenkis from POWER and a member of the Germantown Jewish Center presented his findings about the racial bias in the distribution of the state educational funding. Included below are links and videos that will allow you to become informed about the issue.
- David’s 10-minute YouTube video summarizing his research.
- – An article in the Pottstown Mercury about David’s research.
- Money Matters in Educational Justice-Education March 2017 Report
- Keystone Crossroad report on Pennsylvania school funding
- 25 minute documentary for PA public television on PA education inequity:
POWER METRO AND THE WALK FOR GREEN JOBS AND JUSTICE
Solar power brings local jobs and energy security, which is why we are embarking on an epic walk throughout PECO’s service area to link together the opportunities for our local energy future.
From May 8 to 22, the Power Local Green Jobs campaign will embark on a 100 mile walk throughout PECO’s service area. Join us.
In each of five counties-Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia-walkers will move from the past to the future, from old energy sites to new, past crumbling infrastructure to green jobs training programs and installations.
With a demand of 20% local solar by 2025, the Power Local Green Jobs campaign is working across communities to demand green jobs come to the high-unemployment areas where they are needed most.
PECO is the largest utility company in PA, and it serves communities with some of the deepest levels of poverty in the state. As we walk, we are connecting the struggles of neglected communities of color, divested industrial zones, and vulnerable rural areas. Through this common thread, we can show that racial, economic, and climate injustices have some common solutions.
On May 16, the walkers will arrive at Glenside UCC. We need volunteers to bring food for 10-15 people for dinner in the Gathering Space at 6:30 PM. At 7:30 PM there will be a program explaining this effort by the Earth Quaker Action Team and POWER. We need overnight hosts for 6-8 walkers. Please contact Pastor Beth or Bob Lyon if you can help.