VIDEO: #SchoolsThatTeach: “It’s Just This Simple”

March 26, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – Over the last four years schools across Pennsylvania have suffered from $1 billion cuts that led to massive layoffs, huge property tax increases, and the elimination of valuable programs. The data also shows that as education classroom funding fell, so did student scores in reading and math.

“Since taking office, I have traveled our state visiting schools, talking with teachers and parents, and sitting with students in classrooms,” said Governor Wolf. “I’ve seen dedicated teachers and committed students who simply do not have the resources they need. That’s why my budget reprioritizes education in Pennsylvania and gives our kids the tools they need to learn and succeed in the 21st century. It’s just this simple: our state is never going to get stronger as long as we make our schools weaker.”

Today, Governor Wolf released a Schools That Teach video that explains why he crafted a budget that proposes historic investments in education.

WATCH NOW: #SchoolsThatTeach: “It’s Just This Simple”

The Schools That Teach video outlines the following priorities in Governor Wolf’s 2015-2016 budget:

Restores Devastating Cuts to Public Schools: Governor Wolf’s budget restores cuts to basic education with a four-year commitment to increase preK-12 funding by $2 billion. This year alone, Governor Wolf would invest $400 million more in basic education, $100 million more in special education, and $120 million more in early childhood education. The budget also calls for strong and fair accountability measures to ensure results.

Real Property Tax Relief: By increasing the state’s share of funding for public education to 50% for the first time in more than 40 years, Governor Wolf’s budget brings a historic $3.8 billion in property tax relief. The average homeowner will see a 50 percent reduction in property taxes.

Expands Pre-K: This budget pursues a goal of universal pre-kindergarten instruction for all children and expanding access to early childhood education by increasing the number of children in pre-k by 75 percent.

Reinvests in Higher Learning: Governor Wolf’s budget begins to restore cuts made to our institutions of higher learning by providing a combined $140.9 million more this year to our community colleges, state colleges and universities, and state-related universities.

Doing nothing is not an option: Governor Wolf does not want to be part of the first generation of Pennsylvanians who have to tell our children that they have to go somewhere else to achieve success. No one does. But now we need to do big things to rebuild Pennsylvania’s middle class and get Pennsylvania back on track.

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