Governor Wolf’s First Term Boosts Schools That Teach, Made Children the Top Priority

January 11, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Since taking office, Governor Tom Wolf has fought for more education funding and has made investments in our schools and our children his top priority. As he prepares to begin his second term, the governor pledged that he would continue to fight for students to have quality schools, regardless of their zip code.

“Over the past four years we have made schools that teach our top priority by reinvesting in our children and their classrooms,” said Governor Wolf. “Together, we restored funding after devastating cuts and are building a brighter future for students with sustained investments in their education. During my first term we tackled longstanding problems such as implementing a fair funding formula and expanding pre-k for thousands of kids.

“We’re taking steps to make sure everyone can thrive in our economy. Not every child in Pennsylvania will go to a four-year college, but every child needs the skills to compete for a good job. We are now creating new science and technology programs and expanding job training for in-demand careers, so everyone has the skills they need for a good-paying job in Pennsylvania.”

The governor visited Winding Creek Elementary School in Cumberland County today, the 79th stop on his Schools That Teach tour since taking office. Following his remarks, the governor visited students who were applying their STEM skills to build small rollercoasters.

Governor Wolf has worked with students, parents, educators, stakeholders and bipartisan members of the General Assembly to move Pennsylvania forward and expand educational opportunities.

Supporting a quality education:

  • Restored funding that was cut by the previous administration that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes and program cuts.
  • Enacted a fair funding formula that provides equitable, fair funding for all school districts.
  • Expanded enrollment in AP courses by 10 percent.
  • Launched the Future Ready PA Index, a new one-stop location for information on student and school success.

Early education, health and safety:

Reduced standardized testing and improved graduation requirements:

Workforce development and career readiness:

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