By Zachary Rendin
The PCCY (Public Citizens for Children and Youth) is an advocacy organization that works toward ensuring all children in Pennsylvania receive a proper and equitable education.
On April 22, the PCCY had its “Young Voter Action Day” where 50 young voters from Southeastern Pennsylvania loaded up on a bus in Center City, Philadelphia and headed to the state capital in Harrisburg.
The young voters were there to lobby state legislators and their staff to make passing a fair educational funding formula a policy priority. The 50 young education advocates were broken into groups of 10 and were assigned specific legislators to visit; some had scheduled appointments and others were drop-ins.
Most of the legislators and their staff were very pleased to see citizen action for education by such a young group, particularly Brianda Freistat, policy advisor for Pennsylvania House Majority Rep. Leader David Reed, (R).
“I know that he [Reed] will be happy to see so many young people who care about this issue and are willing to take the day off to come visit the capital,” said Freistat.
Education funding is a priority of newly elected Governor Tom Wolf, and the tone of most legislators and staffers said it’s a priority that is set to be included in the FY 2016 budget proposal. For the most up to date information about fair funding for Pennsylvania schools visit fairfundingpa.org.