August 8, 2017

Lindsey M. Williams, Esq.
Director of Communications
Office: 412-431-5900
Cell: 412-443-0226

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Nina Esposito-Visigitis released the following statement in response to the Senator John DiSanto introducing legislation to establish education savings accounts (SB 2):

Senator DiSanto’s plan to establish so-called “education savings accounts” is yet another attempt to divert attention from the real issues that plague our public schools every day and prevent us from working on the things that would make our public schools better for all students. The state legislature should be focused on fully funding all our schools.

Throwing voucher money towards upper middle class families to leave our public schools will not fix our public schools – it will decimate them and it will rob supports from our poorest and most needy students. Vouchers have failed across the country. Perhaps, Senator DiSanto needs more education on the issue. Our teachers would be happy to sit down with him and explain what our students really need.