Year-In-Review: Investing in Schools, Preparing Pennsylvania’s Next Generation
By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary
December 13, 2016
Prior to taking office, Pennsylvania’s poorest schools endured the worst of state budget cuts and school districts across the state were forced to raise property taxes, lay-off teachers and increase class sizes. Support for higher education – from our state-funded universities to community colleges – was also on the chopping block.
Over the last two years, Governor Wolf prioritized restoring funding for schools and helping to reverse Pennsylvania’s place as one of the worst states for inequality in education funding.
Despite historic Republican majorities in the legislature, the governor has secured historic increases in his first two years:
- $465 million more for classrooms to ensure our children have the resources they need to learn,
- $74.6 million more for early childhood education and intervention, and
- Nearly $100 million more for state-funded universities and community colleges.
In 2015, The Washington Post called Pennsylvania’s school funding system the most inequitable in the country. Working together, Governor Wolf and the legislature finally enacted a fair funding formula to help reverse this trend and push new funding out to schools in a fair way for the first time.
Governor Wolf also announced the launch of It’s On Us PA – the first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses.
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