The current way of funding schools in Pennsylvania shortchanges too many school districts and the students in those communities, and Gov. Corbett’s more than $1 billion in education cuts have only made the problem worse.
One of my top priorities will be finding new ways to increase funding for preschool services, public schools, and higher education in Pennsylvania.
Since taking office, Gov. Corbett has imposed unacceptable cuts in education funding, and our schools are feeling the impacts of those cuts. As a father with two children in an urban school district, I see the damage these cuts are causing.
I believe that it is past time to restore the funding formula for basic education, in order to ensure that every Pennsylvania student has access to a quality education, regardless of who he or she is or where he or she lives. I would return to a funding formula that accounts for the wealth available in the local community, the cost of instruction, and the number of students being served.
Funding of K-12 education in Pennsylvania is a disaster and is facilitating the privatization of our schools. State government should provide at least 50 percent of K-12 funding, instead of the approximately 32 percent it does now. I will increase funding by $1 billion within two years.
Desde los draconianos recortes de presupuestos del Distrito, no han faltado protestas en respuesta a la crisis de fondos. La PCAPS (Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools), una alianza laboral y comunitaria, ha convocado una serie de protestas conocidas como Full Funding Fridays – una serie de protestas semanales llevadas a cabo cada viernes en la mañana en varias escuelas que actualmente están sufriendo por los recortes.