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Pittsburgh Leadership Training - A Deep Dive into Structural Racism & Economic Inequality
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American progress since the Republic’s founding was built and based on a discriminatory framework of racism imported on cargo and slave ships. This racism, interwoven into the fabric of America, gave birth to policies that disenfranchised Indians, Asians and African-Americans. Today its impact is felt in housing and employment practices, transportation and education policies, and mass incarceration.

Join us for a conversation that will trace the origins of race and its present day impact.

 

Big Win for Education Funding

For months, PIIN members have been travelling to Harrisburg for rallies in support of a fair education formula for our schools. This week it paid off when both the Senate and the House passed legislation writing the bipartisan formula we've been fighting for into law.

The gap between the richest schools and the poorest schools in Pennsylvania is the worst in the country. This formula means that state funding for schools will finally take objective measures like student enrollment and local tax contributions into account when distributing funds to schools.

But before every child in Pennsylvania has an equal chance at success regardless of what ZIP code they live in, the legislature has to increasing the funding that goes through the new formula. The most recent budget only increased education funding by half of what we actually needed to start turning our schools around. As the budget process heats up again in advance of the June 30th deadline, we need to keep the pressure on.