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Arthur Steinberg, President of AFT Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on behalf of the more than 36,000 members of the Commonwealth’s statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers on Wednesday following Pennsylvania Senator Lindsey Williams’ announcement that she will introduce a moratorium on cyber charter approvals:

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Plymouth Meeting, PA, Tuesday, February 6, 2024 – Arthur Steinberg, President of AFT Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on behalf of the more than 36,000 members of the Commonwealth’s statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers on Tuesday following Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro’s 2024 Budget Address:

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Thank you, President Ferritto.

As mentioned, I’m Arthur Steinberg. I am the President of AFT Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. I offer greetings on behalf of our 36,000 professional and paraprofessional educators into whose nurturing and care we entrust our Commonwealth’s most precious resource, our children, every day, in every community in our state.

The health and safety of our members and of the students entrusted to us has been a paramount concern of our Union for the entirety of my professional career. Beyond the responsibility of my

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Arthur Steinberg, President of AFT Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on behalf of the more than 36,000 educators, paraprofessionals, school staff, higher education faculty, and state workers after the Basic Education Funding Commission approved and released Report 2:

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Plymouth Meeting, PAArthur Steinberg, President of AFT Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on behalf of the union representing more than 36,000 educators, paraprofessionals, school staff, higher education faculty, and state workers upon passage of PA House Bill 27, the school code for FY23-24, which increases the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs by a combined $150 million to a total of $555 million.

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AFT Pennsylvania President Arthur G. Steinberg announced $55,000 in grant funds that four of its local unions—Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Local 400, United Staff of the Day School Local 1372, Green Tree Federation of Teachers Local 4802, and Neshaminy Federation of Teachers Local 1417—have received as part of the American Federation of Teachers’ Real Solutions for Kids and Communities campaign to strengthen public schools by rejecting extremists’ toxic attacks in favor of innovative, scalable solutions to tackle learning loss and loneliness, and to make literacy, mental health, career pathways and affordable college national priorities.

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For decades, our union, the American Federation of Teachers, and our locals—including my home local of Philadelphia—has been on the frontlines of the fight to rid our water pipes of lead. This fight was renewed after the reveal of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan in 2015.

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Plymouth Meeting, PAArthur Steinberg, President of AFT Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on behalf of the more than 36,000 educators, paraprofessionals, school staff, higher education faculty, and state workers after PA Governor Josh Shapiro signed the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 state budget into law:

“We are pleased that Governor Shapiro has signed a budget that does not include vouchers.

“We are grateful to the Democratic Majority in the House and Democrats in the Senate who stood firm against pressure to hand out public money to private schools and wealthy Pennsylvanians in the

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Arthur Steinberg speaks on the steps of South Philadelphia High School flanked by Democratic state legislators.

Remarks at Save Our Schools Press Conference as prepared – July 31, 2023

Good afternoon.

I’m incredibly encouraged to see the Pennsylvania House Speaker in a Philadelphia public school, something that hasn’t happened in a very long time. And Speaker Joanna McClinton and the Democratic Leadership Team should be commended for their steadfast support of public education at a time when it’s under sustained attack by right-wing politicians and the oligarchy.

I’ll be honest—it angered me to read the theme of this press conference, “Save Our Schools” because if the necessary investments in public

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