January 14, 2014

Restoring school funding needs to be a top priority

Restoring school funding for Pennsylvania’s public school students must be state legislators' top priority.

PSEA President Mike Crossey commended members of the state House of Representatives for urging Gov. Tom Corbett to begin reversing his nearly $1 billion in school funding cuts, pointing out that these cuts have caused a funding crisis in Pennsylvania’s public schools.

“When you ask Pennsylvanians about the issues that are most important to them, public education is at the top of the list,” Crossey said. “There’s a school funding crisis in Pennsylvania, and our students need legislators like these, who are making school funding the priority it needs to be.”

The governor’s annual state budget address, which marks the beginning of the General Assembly’s deliberations about the Commonwealth’s spending plan, is scheduled for Feb. 4. 

Since 2011, nearly $1 billion has been cut from Pennsylvania’s public schools, forcing school districts to eliminate programs that work for students and cut nearly 20,000 educators from the public schools. 

Learn more about how these cuts impact every school district at www.psea.org/schoolcuts.

Watch a video featuring students, parents, and educators discussing the impact of school funding cuts at www.partnersforpubliced.org/video

“Pennsylvania needs leadership to change the focus from doing just barely enough, to doing everything that’s needed to help students learn,” Crossey said. “Today, we saw that leadership, and I am eager to support their efforts to fund our public schools and the students who learn there.”

Crossey also pointed out that PSEA recently released “Solutions That Work,” a 100-page report which details 20 specific, research-backed, classroom-proven strategies that are proven to help students learn. 

He added that many proven school improvement strategies, like smaller class sizes, tutoring programs, arts education, and extracurricular activities, have fallen victim to Gov. Corbett’s school funding cuts. 

Read the full report at www.psea.org/solutionsthatwork.



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