The Keystone State Education Coalition was originally established in 2006 as the Southeastern Pennsylvania School Districts’ Education Coalition (SPSDEC). It is a growing grass roots public education advocacy group comprised of several hundred locally elected, volunteer school board members (no salaries, no benefits, no pensions) and administrators from over 300 Pennsylvania school districts in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Indiana, Jefferson, Lackwanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Montgomery, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Washington and York Counties.
Our focus is on improving student learning and achievement for all
public school students. Pennsylvania
We are a “non-partisan” group of school directors with political affiliations comprising both political parties and independents. Our objective is not to promote the political agenda of either party, but rather to advocate for kids - for “best practices” in education, for fiscal responsibility to the local taxpayer, for effective use of their tax dollars, and for local control of public education.
We believe that public education is the foundation of our democracy, and that there is essential intrinsic value in children of all races, religions, special needs, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds learning together. In contrast to private businesses whose mission is to make a profit, we believe that the mission of public education is to make informed American citizens.
Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of common interest.
Our “special interests” are our stakeholders – students, parents and taxpayers.
In summer of 2010 we raised over $2200 to purchase 100 copies of Diane Ravitch’s “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education” ,” and delivered them to Pennsylvania policymakers in Harrisburg and Washington DC.
We have been actively engaged in policy discussions and the legislative process on issues such as tax reform, graduation exams, adequate and equitable school funding, best practices, safe schools, oversight and funding of charter schools and cyber charter schools, mandate relief, school nutrition regulations, vocational/technical schools and vouchers. We have presented testimony on those issues to the PA House and Senate Education Committees, the PA House Republican Policy Committee, the PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee, the PA House Democratic Policy Committee and the PA Independent Regulatory Review Commission.
Keystone State Education Coalition Co-Chairs:
West Jefferson Hills School
District, Allegheny County
Wilmington Area School District, Lawrence County
Mark B. Miller,
Centennial School District, Bucks County
Roberta Marcus, Parkland School District, Lehigh County