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Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh!

For 100 years, the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has encouraged informed and active participation in government, worked to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influenced public policy through education and advocacy.  Our hundreds of volunteers and members serve the voters in the Pittsburgh area with candidate forums, voter registration, civic education, and advocacy!

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Education Advocacy: Help Wanted!
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Want to learn about and discuss current education issues; plan related activities and collaborate with other education advocates?  Join the Education Committee! 

Please contact Kathy at education@lwvpgh.org.  

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Treasurer looking for a Budget enthusiast! Any bookkeepers out there?  If you're familiar with spreadsheet software or ready to learn, we could really use your help.  Our League now has so many projects which raise and spend money that we need some budget-loving League members to help our treasurer track our budget.  If knowing how the money is spent interests you and you can use a spreadsheet program, please contact Preston at  treasurer@lwvpgh.org
Vote 411 Needs You! 

LWV will roll out their new voter guide software to replace Vote411 in just a few weeks.  Want to see the new software and  get involved with this essential voter service project? Contact Annette at  vote411@lwvpgh.org for a link to a new software preview session.

What's Happening in Pennsylvania's Schools?

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“What’s Happening in Our Schools?"

A Conversation with Dr. Gerald Zahorchak



At our November membership program, held November 9, 2021, Dr. Zahorchak, former PA Secretary of Education, shared his perspectives and insights on a number of education issues including, fair funding; cyber schools and charter schools; curriculum; critical race theory; and the pandemic impact on education. If you missed this informative talk, you can view the recording here.


Dr. Zahorchak served as the state’s Secretary of Education from 2006-2010. In this role, he was responsible for the education of nearly two million school children across the Commonwealth. He is a national education leader focusing on Common-Core Standards and implementing Standards-Based Education to improve student achievement.

Are you following the Pennsylvania School Funding Trial? The lawsuit, initially filed in 2014, addresses disparities in public school funding among PA’s 500 districts, as well as the relatively low percentage of state-allocated funding for education.



The plaintiffs are six school districts, a group of public-school parents, the NAACP-PA State Conference and the Pennsylvania Association of Small and Rural Schools. The defendants include Governor Wolf, the PA Department of Education, the state Board of Education, and the PA House and Senate Majority Leaders. The trial is expected to continue into 2022.  Visit fundourschoolspa.org/trial to follow the trial through a live stream, and get an overview of Pennsylvania's public school funding in this infographic.

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PA School Funding Graphic

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  • In Pennsylvania, the state's contribution to public school funding is one of the lowest in the nation, at 38%. (The average is 47%.)
  • Most of Pennsylvania's state funding is distributed to districts based on 1991 enrollment data, and is not adjusted to reflect current needs.
  • By the state's own benchmark, 86% of Pennsylvania's students attend schools that are underfunded.  In addition, the gap between the richest and poorest school districts is one of the highest in the country.  


The 2021 Election is in the Books, but the 2020 Election is still in the Headlines.  
Do we need a new audit? New ID requirements? Different procedures?

 

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Thinking About Elections

The 2021 edition of "Facts For Citizens" is available in digital format.


"Facts for Citizens" is a directory of election information and government officials for residents of Allegheny County. It contains :

  • contact information for key officials in National, State, County, and City of Pittsburgh government,
  • election dates and information for 2021, and
  • live links to PA voter registration and voter service forms.
Visit the Facts for Citizens page at  lwvpgh.org/ffc  to download or view the directory. 

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