Resolution in Support of Public Education #lovepubliceducation

by Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten on October 12, 2017

At their October 11, 2017 meeting, Salisbury Township School District board members approved a resolution in support of public education. The resolution outlines the values of the Salisbury community in support of public education and calls on local, state and federal lawmakers to prioritize support for strengthening our nation’s public schools and empowering local education leaders.

by the Salisbury Township School District Board of Directors

WHEREAS, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District, advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports all school system leaders, teachers and learners, and

WHEREAS, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District, supports and values an inclusive, safe and innovative quality public education system that ensures all students can succeed, regardless of their zip code, the color of their skin, their native language, their gender/gender identity, their sexual orientation, their immigration status, their religious beliefs, or their social standing, and

WHEREAS, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District, promotes equity and excellence for students, educators and administrators by implementing continuous improvement and research-supported best practices, and

WHEREAS, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District, advocates for policies that address the unique needs of underserved children, and

WHEREAS, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District, supports creating stable, equitable, predictable and adequate funding for schools based on local, state and federal revenues that will meet the challenges of universal proficiency and provide the funding base needed to support a system which leads to success for all students, and

WHEREAS, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District, supports the application of public school accountability systems for all educational institutions receiving local, state or federal funding including, but not limited to: virtual schools; charter schools; independent schools; and home school placements, and

WHEREAS, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District, recognizes public school choice and charter schools that operate under the governance of local public school boards so long as these schools operate on a level playing field, including non-discriminatory and unconditional enrollment for all children. Common regulations and accountability should apply to all schools receiving public funding, and

WHEREAS, investing in public education is crucial to ensuring the future health of our economy and global competitiveness of the Commonwealth and country. Students must leave public schools ready for success in our 21st century society. A robust federal and state investment in education is necessary to equip schools with the resources – personnel, facilities, technology – to position students to acquire the skills, dispositions and knowledge needed for college/higher education and/or career success, and

WHEREAS, the existence of a strong, effective system of free public education for all children is essential to our democratic system of government, and

WHEREAS, public schools provide students with broad-based educational opportunities to include: developing cultural competence; having exposure to the history, culture, and context of all regions of the world; learning how to collaboratively solve problems and interact with peoples of different cultures and different lands; and developing an understanding for human differences, commonalities, backgrounds and cultures,

WHEREAS, investing in public education is critical to student health. Public schools serve as a lifeline for children who can’t access health services outside of school. Schools are uniquely positioned to help children and youth acquire life-long, health-promoting knowledge, skills and behaviors, and

WHEREAS, investment in public education matters. While the federal and state governments contribute approximately 22% of the Salisbury Township School District’s operating budget, and federal and state funds provide critical support to schools and the neediest students they serve, the remaining 78% of the District’s operating budget is provided through local tax revenue.

WHEREAS, getting children ready for democracy embraces the notion that, to thrive, this nation must have citizens committed to the ideals and work of democracy, equipped to operate in a democracy and who can find common ground in their differences and respect where common ground is absent, and

BE IT RESOLVED, these statements exemplify the importance of enhancing educational opportunities for students, therefore:

The Salisbury Township School District Board of School Directors call on local, state and federal lawmakers to prioritize support for strengthening our nation’s public schools and empowering local education leaders to implement, manage and lead school districts;

WHEREAS, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District, advocates for local, state and federal policy that is committed to supporting and educating the whole child, providing support for academic and non-academic factors, including counseling, extra/co-curricular activities and mental health supports;

WHEREAS, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District, joins AASA, The School Superintendents Association in support of the I Love Public Education Campaign to tell the good news of public education, to engage in conversation related to ensuring that every community has access to a high quality public school, and to support the leaders of our nation’s public schools;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District, affirms its commitment to these values and will be steadfast in its efforts to protect students and their families, public schools and our communities from any policies that would undermine these values;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of School Directors of the Salisbury Township School District urges Congress and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to ensure federal and state resources are allocated equitably;

Adopted this 11th day of October 2017.

Frank R. Frankenfield, President            Samuel P. DeFrank, Vice President

Audrey H. Frick, Member                        George J. Gatanis, Member

Joseph D. Gnall, Member                       Carol A. Klinger, Member

Robert J. Kulp, Member                          Susan M. Lea, Member

Mary L. Ziegler, Member

 

Randy M. Ziegenfuss, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Lhnn A.Fuini-Hetten, Assistant Superintendent

Robert P. Bruchak, Board Secretary

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