Young voters proved decisive in Pennsylvania Supreme Court Race
Also inside: North Carolina schools suffer from underfunding and Arizona’s school voucher program is rife with waste.
There’s a lot of tut-tutting of young voters and how they turn out to vote at rates below their older peers.
But America’s youth continue to defy those stereotypes in the post-2016 era, especially when reproductive rights are on the line, with this month’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court race being the latest example.
Youth turnout on college campuses around Pennsylvania increased by 110%—with one campus experiencing an increase of 563%—compared to the last time there was an open state supreme court seat in 2021. That surge helped power pro-choice judge Daniel McCaffery to victory over anti-abortion Republican Carolyn Carluccio.
This uptick in youth voting wasn’t an accident. It was the result of campus organizing and hard work from several groups on the ground in the commonwealth, and is exactly the type of effort that will be needed in 2024 all across the country, when the future of America is on the line.
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Florida fails to use nearly $800 million to provide services to adults and children with disabilities
From Floricua: While many people with disabilities languish on waiting lists for years, or face cuts to the programs that they desperately need, an investigation has found that the money to provide those services has been in the state budget all along.
Virginia Democrats ran on abortion and won. Here’s what it means for the future of reproductive rights
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Arizona spent $304 million on school vouchers this year… almost none of it went toward improving public schools
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Judge backs right-wing group’s effort to prevent Nevadans from voting on abortion
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Mold and classes in trailers: Inadequate funding for schools is hurting NC communities
From Cardinal & Pine: Schools across the state are dealing with dilapidated classrooms and buildings in need of significant repair or a total rebuild due to a lack of investment in public education.
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