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Back to School PA PAC raises $600,000 in funding for school board races


Back to School PA PAC (B2SPA), created in July by local Bucks County parent Paul Martino, has raised $600,000 in funding for school board races across Pennsylvania.
Martino created B2SPA after making a $10,000 donation to Keeping Kids in School PAC, which supported over 90 school board candidates in the May 2021 primaries.
Clairce Schillinger founded the Keeping Kids in School PAC in Southeast Pennsylvania out of frustration from her children being forced to learn virtually for over a year. Martino, a venture capitalist and CEO coach, partnered with Schillinger to franchise Keeping Kids in School PAC’s methods to help organize and mobilize parents across the state. The single-issue PAC’s goal is to make sure that schools across Pennsylvania are open and remain open.

“When I started the PAC, I invested $500,000 to find parents like Clarice Schillinger to help elect school board candidates who believe our schools should offer in-person instruction. Through our efforts, we found that there were hundreds of community advocates across the state who wanted and needed our help,” said Martino.
Recently added donors include local business owners, technology industry veterans, and groups who support keeping schools open, including the Commonwealth Children’s Choice Fund. B2SPA is now able to award funding to 56 different PACs across the state in 16 counties.

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