In his interview with us, Dan Onorato made it clear that that growing Pennsylvania’s economy requires strong public schools
Philadelphia (Vocus) March 11, 2010
Dan Onorato would make Pennsylvania public schools a top priority, and has earned the votes of public education supporters, according to the political action committee of Pennsylvania’s largest school employee union.
The Pennsylvania State Education Association’s Political Action Committee for Education (PSEA-PACE) has recommended Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato for governor in the upcoming primary election on May 18.
Jim Testerman, president of the 191,000-member Pennsylvania State Education Association, announced the union’s recommendation at a news conference today in Philadelphia. Testerman is also a member of the PSEA-PACE Board of Directors.
The PSEA-PACE Board of Directors recently interviewed Onorato in Harrisburg, and he highlighted his proposals to support public education and ensure equitable state funding for programs that have been proven to work.
“PSEA-PACE’s elected board invited the candidates for governor to a forum with education professionals in January, and in February we interviewed every candidate who was interested in our support,” said Testerman. “In the end, we recommended the candidate who most shared our vision for education, and on issues that matter to our members.”
“In his interview with us, Dan Onorato made it clear that that growing Pennsylvania’s economy requires strong public schools,” said Testerman. “Dan believes, as our members do, that education is essential to the economic security of Pennsylvania families, and a quality education system begins with state government living up to its responsibility to fund public schools.
“He shares our belief that the power of a great education can result in strong schools, successful children and vibrant communities,” Testerman said.
Onorato expressed support for PSEA’s “20/20 Vision for the Future,” an invaluable resource for champions of public education (available online at http://www.psea.org/vision). The PSEA report outlines clear strategies in four areas:
--Full and fair state funding for public education;
--Proven, research-based strategies for increasing student achievement;
--Teaching and learning conditions that make student achievement possible; and
--Support and respect for education professionals in order to recruit and retain a quality workforce into the future.
PSEA-PACE supports friends of education in state and local elections. A two-thirds vote by the PSEA-PACE Board of Directors is necessary to recommend a candidate. The Board of Directors of PSEA-PACE is bipartisan and comprised of members of PSEA from across the state who are PACE contributors, elected by other PACE contributors. PSEA-
PACE makes recommendations based only on candidates’ records and views on education and labor.
Contributions to PSEA-PACE are voluntary and members have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. A member may contribute more or less than the suggested amount, or may contribute nothing at all, without it affecting his or her membership status, rights, or benefits in NEA, PSEA or any of PSEA¹s affiliates.
A state affiliate of the National Education Association, PSEA represents approximately 191,000 future, active and retired.
For further information contact:
Wythe Keever, PSEA Assistant Communications Director