Public Statements

Resolutions and public statements made by AAUW Pennsylvania regarding education matters in Pennsylvania.  Our guide and determinant for action are always the AAUW Public Policy Priorities.

August 2021 — Resolution Supporting Fair Funding Lawsuit

School fair funding is a familiar and important concern for AAUW members and branches in Pennsylvania.  Over the many, many years of this legislative fight, AAUW members and branches advocated for the fair funding of public schools.  A lawsuit was filed in 2014 and the trial will start October 12, 2021, in Commonwealth Court.

AAUW Pennsylvania passed a resolution indicating our support for the petitioners and to demonstrate our support for a statewide solution to Pennsylvania’s failure to meet its constitutional mandate to ensure quality public education.

July 2020 — Consolidation/Integration of PASSHE universities

In July 2020 PASSHE (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) announced it was evaluating the consolidation/integration of six universities into two.  At the request of an AAUW member affiliated with one of these Universities, AAUW Pennsylvania studied the issue and sent Chancellor Greenstein a letter expressing our perspective and concerns. Read our letter and Chancellor Greenstein’s response.

Spotlight PA conducted an interview with Chancellor Greenstein that covered a number of issues including the consolidation/integration of these institutions.  Watch the interview and read the subsequent article.

Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media.

April 2015 — Education Resolution on Cyber Charter Schools

At the AAUW-PA 86th Annual Business Meeting held April 11, 2015, the York Branch proposed a resolution that passed unanimously.

Whereas, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved cyber charter schools in 1997, and their low performance scores rank 48.7% on the State’s 100 points scale compared to public schools’ scores of 78.8%;

And whereas, the funding for cyber charter schools far exceeds instructional costs; therefore, be it

Resolved that AAUW-PA encourage its branches to educate their members and the public about the academic, social, and economic impact evolving from the continuance and increase of cyber charter schools as this vitally affects the future level of education for present and future generations of students in Pennsylvania.

Resources for the York AAUW Resolution on Cyber Charter Schools

October 2012 — Support for HB 156 The Pennsylvania Safe School Act (PASS Act)

March 2011 — AAUW PA urges more funding for K-12  Download Press Release (03/24/11)