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December 2013 Vol. 21. No. 3 Focus on A Broken Funding System

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Taking a stand on education funding

Candidates in the 2014 governor’s race address how they would support schools.

By compiled by Naveed Ahsan and Isaac Riddle on Dec 9, 2013 01:05 PM
Tom Corbett
Allyson Schwartz
Ed Pawlowski
Jo Ellen Litz
John Hanger
Katie McGinty
Max Myers
Rob McCord
Tom Wolf


There’s a governor’s race in Pennsylvania in 2014, and education is a hot issue as Gov. Tom Corbett seeks re-election. Party primaries take place May 20 and the general election is Nov. 4.

At press time, Corbett, a Republican, and eight Democratic candidates had announced their plans to run.

An October poll conducted by Franklin and Marshall College indicates that 21 percent of respondents feel that the state of schools and school funding is the most important issue in Pennsylvania. The Corbett administration has been blamed for cuts to education funding as well as the 2011 abandonment of a statewide funding formula passed in 2008. But Corbett is not surrendering the issue to Democrats.

In a press conference announcing his bid for re-election, Corbett said, “We have a responsibility to provide a good education to all children in Pennsylvania, but it starts with an honest discussion about education funding.” 

The Notebook invited each candidate to submit a biography and asked them to give their positions on state education funding by responding to the following questions in 250 words or less: 

Do you think Pennsylvania’s current approach to K-12 education funding is fair and effective? 

What changes would you seek to enact as governor?

(Click on a candidate's photo above for his or her response. Additional responses can be read here.)

Comments (8)

Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on December 9, 2013 2:51 pm
Great Job to The Philadelphia Public School Notebook! Elections matter! They matter so very much. Especially so when not only is "public education" under attack, but when our democracy itself is under attack.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 9, 2013 3:47 pm
All Corbett says to the little people is No! No! No! He cut welfare cash, medicaid and health insurance money and education money. All his supporters like Marcellus Shale have their money. Don't forget to vote in 2014!
Submitted by David (not verified) on December 10, 2013 9:14 am
Providing a good education to all students in PA starts with an honest discussion about how we manage and lead schools. Funding is really a secondary issue when it comes to whether or not schools will be effective.
Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on December 10, 2013 9:54 am
For those pictured above and our community. It would do us all well to take cognizance of the fact that the issue of the privatization of the public school house, is not only a national concern, but it goes well beyond America's borders: Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. (Citation forgotten). Just ask that Great man pictured at the right in the Philly Student Union's tweet -- Nelson Mandela.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 10, 2013 1:03 pm
Big words don't always make you sound intelligent.... Did you read this before you posted it?
Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on December 10, 2013 2:54 pm
Yes, I read it. Did you? I did not think I was using any words that the average high school student would not completely understand. I am not condescending to anyone -- ever. One of my highest values is "respect for everyone."
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 10, 2013 1:53 pm
CORBETT is a total disASSter
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on December 10, 2013 5:45 pm
Corbett is a racist, classist, corrupt semi primate. He has destroyed the hopes of poor citizens of PA. and has done it with a glib cynicism that only George Wallace, Bull Connor, David Duke and cretins of that ilk would find appropriate. Folks who disagree need to read the constitution and then look at what One Term Tom has done to the poor. It's not complicated and it has no place in a Democracy.

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