First Lady Frances Wolf Discusses Need for Increased Investment in Public Education on “Schools That Teach” Tour Stop

April 27, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – Today on a “Schools That Teach” tour stop, Pennsylvania’s First Lady Frances Wolf held a roundtable discussion with teachers and administrators from East Pennsboro School District at West Creek Hills Elementary School in Camp Hill to listen to challenges they have experienced as a result of cuts to education funding and to discuss how Governor Wolf’s 2015-2016 budget makes historic investments in public education to help students prepare for college and the workforce.

“Pennsylvania needs a public education system that will attract new businesses and help teach our kids the 21st century skills they need to compete in our global economy,” said Mrs. Wolf. “This administration is committed to making that a reality by investing in our public schools and giving our students and teachers the resources they need to succeed.”

The Governor’s budget proposal restores massive cuts made over the last four years, with a commitment to increase school funding by $2 billion over four years by instituting a commonsense severance tax on oil and natural gas. East Pennsboro School District schools would see nearly $474,000 in additional funding in the first year alone. The Governor and First Lady have visited more than a dozen schools over the last few months to discuss this historic investment plan for education.

Governor Wolf’s proposal, called the Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, is expected to generate over a billion dollars by 2017 by enacting a reasonable 5% severance tax plus 4.7 cents per thousand feet of volume on natural gas extraction. It will follow a similar structure to neighboring West Virginia, and will include the existing impact fee. His plan will also cut property taxes by 50 percent for the average homeowner.

The Governor’s budget will increase the state’s share of funding for public education to 50% for the first time in at least four decades, while creating new accountability measures requiring schools to demonstrate they are preparing students for success.

Learn more about Governor Wolf’s commitment to public education through his 2015-2016 budget at Schools That Teach.

MEDIA CONTACT: Andrea Mead – 717-805-1779

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