posted May 29, 2013, 7:27 AM by Masterman HSA Webmaster   [ updated May 29, 2013, 11:41 AM by Dawn Levi ]
It’s not over. These next few weeks are crucial, as City Council members and Pennsylvania legislators discuss, debate and vote on funding for the next fiscal year.

Two groups of Masterman parents met last week with City Council Member Blondell Reynolds Brown and with a staff person from Council President Darrell Clarke’s office. Now the rest of us need to carry on…and loudly!

City Council is considering various ways of raising the $60 million the School District has requested—through increases in the city’s use & occupancy tax and hikes in “sin taxes” on liquor-by-the-drink and cigarettes. These are not popular with the business community, and the “sin taxes” need approval from state legislators.

Here’s what you can do right now:

  • Write to Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce president Rob Wonderling (link to letter) and African American Chamber of Commerce president Steven Bradley (link to letter). Personalize the letters with anecdotes about how school funding cuts would affect your child
  • Write to state legislators on the appropriations committee and the education committee, as well as majority and minority leaders of both the General Assembly and the Senate (link to name/address list)
  • Keep talking to everyone you know—friends, colleagues, neighbors, relatives, your faith community—about how important it is to speak out NOW about the need for stable and sustainable school funding


Masterman HSA Webmaster,
May 29, 2013, 10:28 AM
Masterman HSA Webmaster,
May 29, 2013, 7:35 AM