Dear Mr. Wolf,
The members of PFT's Caucus of WE congratulate you on your election as Governor of Pennsylvania. It was our pleasure to help Get Out the Vote for your election. We look forward to working with you to repair the harm done by the current administration in the last four years and since the economic recession began in 2008.
We hope that you keep a few key criteria in mind when making all of your political appointments. Diversity in terms of geography, race, gender, religion and political leanings should be a priority. Your cabinet should look like Pennsylvania. Appointees should be Pennsylvanians with a track record of public service and notable achievements. They should be highly qualified and bold thinkers. They should be brave enough to advise you from their experience and conscience. Leaders can only do their best when they surround themselves with people they respect enough to listen to their dissenting opinions.
As professional public school educators and concerned citizens, we take the appointment of the PA Secretary of Education most seriously. Education was the biggest issue in the governor's race and remains a huge challenge for all of us. When your team is vetting prospective appointees, only consider men and women who have actual public school experience. They should be former teachers, administrators, assistant superintendents, and superintendents that have deep roots in Pennsylvania.
Only consider candidates who were educated and received their certifications from legitimate brick and mortar educational institutions. Temple, Penn State, and Pitt, come to mind. Choose someone who can work with the students, parents, and teachers of Pennsylvania.
We are hungry for a leader who will lead us out of the current educational wasteland to a safe and stable place where students and staff are respected and supported. Seek out a candidate who is erudite, motivated, and compassionate. We do not need more tough talk and threats. We do not need someone who will reduce humans to data points. We need a person who can use both socioeconomic and educational data to create equity of opportunity to all of our students.
The Steering Committee
Caucus of Working Educators
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
- Early in the week, talk with your colleagues about how your school can GOTV in your community! Discuss quick points of interest to tell families about what resources have been missing from your school, what is needed, and how voting can help public education and democracy in our city.
- Make plans for a neighborhood canvass around your building any day before election day.
- On Wednesday, 10/29, help PCAPS complete their "voter pledge card" campaign by helping them stamp and mail postcards to Philadelphia voters at the Fight for Philly office (846 N. Broad Street)
- On Thursday, 10/30, participate in a phone bank with PFT members.
- On Friday, 10/31, hold a special edition of Full Funding Friday urging parents, families, and passersby to GOTV!
- Take a moment to do a teach-in with your kids on the importance of voting. Send a letter home encouraging parents to continue the lesson by taking their kids with them to vote on the big day!
- If you want to do some direct work on your own time, contact Wolf for PA's Regional Director in Philadelphia, Stephen Ekema-Agbaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 570-854-0499 to coordinate plans with the Wolf Campaign.
NE Philly8566 Bustleton AveNW Philly (Germantown)5537 Germantown Aveand 5730 Greene St.
South PhillySheet Metal Workers Local 191301 Columbus BlvdWest Philly4153 Lancaster Ave
- VOTE! Do everything you can to make sure everyone else votes too! Organize and take action!
- Post pictures in your WE & PFT shirts! Use the hashtags #WeVoteAskUs and #PFTGOTV
- If you are not taking a personal day to work the polls, you can still get out during your lunch hour or after school and encourage people to vote.
This post will be continually updated with more opportunities and staging areas. Check back soon! Once again, it is vitally important that people get out there and KNOCK ON DOORS!
Caucus members participated in the PFT Lobby Day in Harrisburg on June 24. We had some good conversations with legislators from all over the state and also heard some great speeches from the Philadelphia delegation!
- Discuss with them how the SRC has been running our schools for over thirteen years and things just keep getting worse. Make sure they know that many of our kids have no full time nurse, no full time counselor, no school library, no technology class, no music, no art, no books, no supplies, and on and on. Implore them to stay informed, get involved, and take back local control of our city with us.
- After they've signed, explain that our kids need them working to elect a new governor and advocating for an elected school board. Making that connection with each voter face to face is the true value of this initiative.
- Always have voter registration cards handy. If someone tells you they aren't a registered voter, stress the importance of them registering.
- You will encounter families and groups, so out of respect for their time, always have two or three clipboards to pass around so that voters can fill it out faster, but make sure to continue to engage the group in the important conversation of local control.
- It is huge plus to have a friend or two with you. You draw strength from each other, share advice, and it always helps to feel a little less alone. If you know a friend is going to canvass, please try to give them a hand. Being able to work alongside dedicated educators and volunteers on Saturday made the canvass an interesting, entertaining, and empowering experience.