Letter to the Editor: School Budget Cuts Are Wrong
Steven Singer of T.E.A.C.H. responds to deep budget cuts to education
The T.E.A.C.H. organization would like to express its outrage at Republican House members for passing a state budget proposal that still cuts over $1 billion from education across the commonwealth.
All Democrats and two Philadelphia Republicans voted against the measure. Republicans had been hoping for a unanimous vote among their party. They didn’t get it. This just goes to show how difficult it is for anyone to support this twisted budget.
We visited, called, and wrote as many local Republican representatives as we could before this vote. I can’t believe they would just ignore the will of the people. This budget proposal is incredibly unpopular. You can’t find anyone except the staunchest Tea Party member who supports it. That and the moneyed interests who backed many of these freshman Republican lawmakers election bids in the first place such as George Dunbar and Rick Saccone, who only won by slim margins.
The battle now moves to the State Senate where Republicans only hold a majority of 10 members. We are hopeful they will either amend or reject the budget.
Make no mistake – voters are taking names. Come election time, we will remember.
The TEACH Organization
White Oak, Pa.
T.E.A.C.H. is an acronym for Tell Everyone All Cuts Hurt. It is an organization made up of hundreds of teachers from school districts around the state, but especially Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. For more information, please check out their website at www.svteach.wikispaces.com.