Tell Your Senator: Stop the Attacks on Pennsylvania Teachers
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House Bill 1307, as reported out of the Senate Education Committee, would allow Pennsylvania to unilaterally cancel teacher contracts in "financially distressed" school districts. This will do nothing to address the nearly $1 billion in cuts that Governor Tom Corbett has made to Pennsylvania's public schools - it is merely a Scott Walker-style attack on the collective bargaining rights of our public school teachers.
- Governor Corbett and his allies have cut nearly $1 billion from Pennsylvania public schools. If those cuts had not been made, there would be no crisis.
- Our public school teachers are not the reason these districts are in crisis. In fact, as Chester Upland shows, teachers are willing to work for nothing if it means their students will get the education they deserve.
- HB 1307 is all about the same kind of "divide and conquer" we've seen in Wisconsin. If the state is able to simply decide that a teacher contract is no longer valid, who is next?