PSEA President: Restoring Corbett's school funding cuts should be top priority
Lawmakers should make restoring Gov. Tom Corbett's nearly $1 billion in public school funding cuts a priority in this year's state budget, said PSEA President Mike Crossey.
Crossey's comments came after Education Secretary Ron Tomalis testified about Pennsylvania's education budget before the House Appropriations Committee on Feb. 27.
“Pennsylvania's students need leaders to address the school funding crisis, not play political games,” Crossey said. “Secretary Tomalis should fight to increase funding for our schools to begin to fix the school funding crisis Gov. Corbett caused - period.”
Crossey pointed out that Gov. Tom Corbett's nearly $1 billion in public school funding cuts have caused a school funding crisis, forcing 70 percent of school districts to increase class sizes, 44 percent to cut programs that work for students, and 35 percent to slash tutoring programs.
An online calculator, which shows how much funding for local schools has dropped since Gov. Corbett took office, is available at www.psea.org/schoolcuts and www.savepaschools.org.
“Pennsylvania's students don't have time to waste on political games and false choices,” Crossey said. “The governor has cut nearly $1 billion from public schools since he took office. Now, it's time for him and Secretary Tomalis to make restoring those cuts a priority.”
Learn more at www.psea.org/schoolfunding.