A strong, thorough, and efficient system of public education is a necessity in any modern society. The sad reality is that Republicans in Harrisburg have consistently and continually underfunded and undervalued Pennsylvania’s public school system.
Students in Philadelphia and municipalities all across the Commonwealth suffer from the effects of facilities in disrepair, a lack of textbooks and school supplies, and diminished faculty and staff.
We have a lot of work to do to restore the more than $1,000,000,000 (that’s $1 billion!) in cuts to public education former Governor Corbett instituted when he came into office in 2011. But there are several simple steps we can take to begin to make education Pennsylvania’s #1 investment once again:
- Establish a fair and equitable funding formula that is derived from data not politics
- Reinstate the charter school reimbursement line item which amounts to more than $225 million for the Philadelphia School District alone and unfairly and unnecessarily pits traditional public schools against public charter schools
- Increase revenue available to fund education by implementing a tax on drilling of the Marcellus Shale
- Accept the federal funds from a full expansion of Medicaid
But that’s not all. Read my op-eds on the Huffington Post: