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A poll of Pennsylvania voters completed just last week shows strong support for public education in our state-- including support for restoring adequate funding to the schools. More than three quarters of voters (77%) are concerned about school funding cuts, and public school funding is the #1 most important issue voters want our public officials to address-- more important than even healthcare, taxes, and crime (see graph below).
This is especially heartening news in our own community, where efforts to defund the schools-- without any sense of what is being cut, or even if such cuts are legal-- continue to dominate media coverage of our school district.
I believe we need school board members who can balance fiscal responsibility with our community's need for excellent public schools. And I think we need members who have the educational qualifications and professional experience with complex budgets to make intelligent, meaningful contributions to the funding discussions in the future.
The survey I cite here was conducted by the national polling firm Lake Research Partners. Complete results of the survey are available here.