DeVos Confirmation, Public Schools, and You!

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands (millions?) who called, wrote, protested, or otherwise engaged in trying to stop DeVos from becoming Secretary of Education, thank you!

While DeVos was confirmed, by the narrowest of margins, requiring a tie breaking vote from Vice President Pence, the fight for good schools in general, and great public schools in particular, is not over.

One of the most important actions you can take on behalf of public education is to pay attention and vote in your local school board elections – in the Upper Perkiomen Valley School District, 4 seats are up for election this year. Petitions to get on the ballot for the spring primary may be circulated beginning on February 14, 2017. The signed and notarized petitions are due at the courthouse in Norristown by March 7, 2017. The primary election in Pennsylvania this year is on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Because school board candidates nearly always cross file in our area (file to be on the Democratic and the Republican ballot in the primary), the race is often decided in the primary, not in November!

If you are interested in running for the school board, or have already decided to run, please feel welcome to come to one of our Democratic Club meetings to introduce yourself. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, in the lower level of the Upper Perkiomen Library, 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA, beginning at 7 p.m.

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