First Lady Celebrates “Read Across America,” Highlights Wolf Administration Commitment to Public Education During Worcester Elementary School Visit
March 01, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf today visited Worcester Elementary School in the Methacton School District where she met with students and teachers, and read to fourth-graders as part of the national “Read Across America” program. “Read Across America” is a reading motivation and awareness campaign celebrated each March in honor of the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.
During her visit, the First Lady emphasized Governor Wolf’s commitment to investing in public education at all levels, from Pre-K to higher education.
“It was a privilege to visit with and share my love of reading with the talented and bright young students at Worcester Elementary today,” said the First Lady. “We owe it to these children, and all children in Pennsylvania, to ensure we are giving them the resources they need to succeed. That is why investing in education from preschool through higher education has always been – and continues to be – a top focus for this administration.”
Governor Wolf’s recently-announced 2018-19 budget proposal for education includes:
- $100 million increase in Basic Education;
- $40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start;
- $20 million increase for Special Education;
- $15 million increase for the State System of Higher Education; and
- $10 million for Career and Technical Education
Since taking office, Governor Wolf has made modernizing and improving Pennsylvania’s education system a priority, and under his leadership, Pennsylvania has seen real results, including:
- Fully restoring the one-billion-dollar education cut made in the previous administration that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts.
- Enacting a fair funding formula that provides equitable, fair funding for all school districts.
- Increasing the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten by nearly 50 percent.
- Increasing high school graduation rate to 86.1 percent, placing Pennsylvania above the national average.
- Establishing standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools, joining fewer than a dozen states to endorse such standards.
- Increasing the number of career and technical education (CTE) students earning industry-recognized credentials by 32.2 percent and increased the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs by 28.4 percent.
- Advancing Pennsylvania to third in the nation in the number of nationally-recognized STEM ecosystems and made the commonwealth the fifth largest producer of STEM graduates.
- Expanding enrollment in AP courses by 10 percent.
- Reducing the length of PSSA tests by 20 percent, condensed the exam timeframe from three weeks to two weeks and shifted it to later in the school year for students in grades three through eight.