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To: York City School Board

Don't rush to support harmful budget cuts prematurely until the facts are in

As parents, students, residents and taxpayers of York City School District, we urge school board members not to rush prematurely into a budget plan that will have negative repercussions that could last years and adversely affect our students’ futures.

Why is this important?

For the past year, we have heard a lot about the progress we have made since the district was almost taken into receivership in 2015 and the entire district nearly chartered out to corporate interests.

We don’t wish to jeopardize the progress we have made by returning to those difficult days. But the proposed cuts to programs and staff could have similar consequences by driving students from the district and compounding the problems that the district has worked so hard to overcome.

Many questions about the actual finances remain, including uncertainties raised by the administration in its own proposal. At this point, the administration has still not provided a clear financial picture based on actual spending and revenue. Additionally, despite district projections, it is too early to determine how much federal funding the district will receive. York has already received $3.8 million in federal funding from the CARES Act. Also, Congress passed a funding bill, which would provide $1 billion in emergency funding to Pennsylvania schools to offset revenue losses from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The administration is proposing cutting 44 positions - 32 teachers, 11 aides and one assistant principal - and gutting programs that benefit some of our most vulnerable student populations in York County. We urge the board to examine the budget at all levels to address potential cost savings – including personnel costs that don’t include direct instruction.

Evidence shows that students learn best when they have fully staffed schools and trained professionals.

We urge the school board to address our concerns and review them carefully before taking any action prematurely that could negatively affect the York City School District and our students.

Sincerely,
Your Constituents and the Citizens of York City

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Reasons for signing

  • Taking away performing arts, more teachers and guards will cause more issues within the schools. We need all of these to keep our kids from getting in trouble and acting out. My 2 are homeschooled and I still disagree with these cuts! It's not fair to our babies and the few wonderful teachers we have. Less teachers, bigger classes, more students, more issues. Keep taking programs away and they find other things to get into that aren't good.
  • Theater and the arts are immensely important in young adult's development and in the cultivation/maintenance of a functioning society. Social distancing has already destroyed friendships, relationships, caused depression & anxiety, loneliness, and other disassociative disorders in adults; but especially in our children. Please do not rush to abolish the only outlet these kids have to express themselves in a time where expression is most prudent.
  • Encore classes are important! Save us!

Updates

2020-05-26 15:49:31 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-05-26 14:22:21 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-05-26 13:58:36 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-05-26 13:47:16 -0400

10 signatures reached