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Lehigh Valley Educators Warn Legislators about State’s Cuts to School Funding

01/17/12

Local educators in Lehigh Valley, Penn. warned state legislators of the consequences of proposed budget cuts - a serious increase in class sizes, elimination of transportation, and stopping momentum of their successful community schools.

Governor Tom Corbett’s first budget resulted in an eight percent reduction of the district’s work force and scaled down its pre-k program from 300 to 80 students.

The Lehigh Valley Area Schools is now relying heavily on volunteers, grants and donations to maintain after-school programs, tutoring and to bring social services to families.

Bethlehem Area School Superintendant Joseph Roy encouraged legislators to seek grants and alternative funding for schools. Roy ultimately wants to expand its community school for funding after seeing great success with the community schools model in 4 of Bethlehem’s 22 schools.

The United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley spearhead two-county community school initiative throughout Greater Leigh Valley in 2005 called COMPASS. The demand for services the COMPASS schools provide continue to grow, forcing non-profit organizations to increasingly compete for money, according to the news report.   

State representative Joe Brennan urges residents to contact their legislators and voice their support for education funding.


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