VIDEO: Governor Tom Wolf’s Schools That Teach Tour in 100 Seconds
June 18, 2015
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf released a web video about his “Schools That Teach” tour where he spoke with students, educators, and administrators across Pennsylvania. Together with visits from First Lady Frances Wolf, his cabinet, and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, the governor and his administration have visited 48 schools on the tour.
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“The status quo is unacceptable. I’ve toured schools across the state, and I’ve seen first-hand how massive cuts to education have left schools with fewer teachers and increased class sizes. Programs have been eliminated and families are hurting from huge property tax increases,” Governor Wolf said.
“Our schools are struggling. Yet Pennsylvania is the only gas-producing state in the country without a severance tax. Texas does it. Oklahoma. North Dakota. Alaska. Louisiana. West Virginia. I’m proposing we do it. It’s time for gas companies to pay their fair share so we can fix our schools. With a commonsense severance tax, my proposed budget makes historic investments in education at all levels,” Governor Wolf continued.
Governor Wolf has three simple priorities to move Pennsylvania forward:
1. Fund schools with a commonsense severance tax.
2. Eliminate the structural deficit without gimmicks.
3. Reduce property taxes for middle-class families and seniors.
To date, the governor has visited 30 schools across Pennsylvania on the tour. Including other events, the governor has visited 34 Pennsylvania schools since taking office. Together with visits from First Lady Frances Wolf, his cabinet, and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, the governor and his administration have visited 48 schools on the schools that teach tour.
View a map of the tour visits here (link: bit.ly/Schools-Tour-Map).
View photos from the tour stops here (link: bit.ly/Schools-That-Teach-Photos).
View and like the video on Facebook here (link: on.fb.me/1GS6KpS).
Read a sampling of comments from educators on Governor Wolf’s budget:
“Every year when we look at our budget, unfortunately we have to look at personnel. You can only cut so many pencils and paper. We have to seriously look at what we can eliminate and those are very difficult decisions to make because they impact our students. If we can get some help from the Governor’s plan and a get a fair funding formula, that’s going to be a welcome change for us because we won’t have to worry about slashing programs, like full-day kindergarten, or cutting teachers.” – Conewago Valley School District Superintendent Russell Greenholt
“The purpose of this STEM class is to enrich students’ authentic learning experiences by building their skills in collaboration, critical and creative thinking, and communication to solve real world problems. We are excited about the implementation of this program, thanks to Governor Wolf’s investment in public education, and the opportunities this increase in funding will provide our elementary students this coming year.” – Central Bucks School District superintendent Dr. David Weitzel
“You can see what happens when children have access to opportunities. We need Governor Wolf’s funding to open up those opportunities in Philadelphia. Here in our district, we are asking each school to tell us how they’d use the additional funding in the governor’s budget to their unique needs. We look forward to working with the governor to deliver resources that Philadelphia desperately needs.” – Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite.
“If additional state funding is made available, the district plans to add four instructional technology coaches, two to work with students in grades K through 5 and two to work with students in grades 7 through 12, to provide direct instruction to students on the use of technology. Our district believes that with additional resources and opportunities, we can work toward preparing our diverse population of learners for the 21st Century. It is also important for our district to increase the amount of students who are proficient in reading by third grade. Closing the achievement gap is a continued goal for us each year. This funding opportunity will directly assist with helping to achieve this goal.” – Pocono Mountain School District Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Robison.
“When this district had the proper resources and funding, we were improving the academic standing of our students, which, in turn, had a positive impact on the morale of the district and community. With proper funding and resources, we believe that we can achieve student success that would mirror, or even surpass, the success that we recognized prior to the state budget cuts.” – Upper Darby School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Dunlap
“The governor’s budget aligns with the needs of our district, particularly when it comes to early childhood education. We are expanding to universal, full-day kindergarten, knowing that our funding increase under the governor’s budget provides the resources to make this possible.” – Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy
“Governor Wolf has a tremendous vision for public education. It was evident today that he has a passion for children and for doing what’s right for our students by providing the necessary funds for them to succeed, not only in school, but in a 21st century economy.” – Hazleton Area School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Antonelli
Read more school officials’ reactions to Governor Tom Wolf’s budget. (link: http://www.governor.pa.gov/Pages/Pressroom_details.aspx?newsid=1601)
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