Today, Teacher Action Group is sending out the following letter:
To all candidates running for office in Pennsylvania in 2014:
As we all know, education is a critical issue in Philadelphia — now, and always. As a city-wide coalition of teachers and education allies, Teacher Action Group represents thousands of votes and would like to know your views on education policy in Philadelphia.
To those ends, we have created a poll that we are sending to all candidates running in 2014. Your answers will be shared with the public, and could lead to an endorsement from our group.
As the voting public, we need our candidates to be crystal clear on their viewpoints and approach towards public education in Philadelphia. The future of our city depends on it.
TAG Core Members
Here are just a few of the statements we are asking candidates to agree or disagree with:
“School Districts should have a locally elected school board instead of a state appointed commission.“
“All elementary school students should be able to attend a school within walking distance of their home (30 minutes or less).”
“Teachers and principals should have control over the curriculum and learning in their buildings.“
You can download the full survey here. Here’s what you can do to support our campaign:
Email and tweet at candidates to encourage them to respond to our survey! Let them know that your vote depends on their responses. You should also attend the Candidates Forum on Saturday, November 23rd at Temple University from 4-6 PM, hosted by the Pennsylvania Working Families Party.