State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Education


Tom Wolf: Increase pay for teachers; increase early childcare

We need policies that start at the very beginning, and end with every Pennsylvanian receiving an excellent education and the opportunity to land a good job. I know that no new parent looks at their baby and sees a spreadsheet, but the fact is that preparing our kids for success starts long before they ever enter a classroom. That's why this new program includes funding for home visits to support vulnerable pregnant women, new mothers, and at-risk infants and toddlers.

My plan increases the pay floor for teachers to $45,000 a year. This is a real investment in our future. It's an investment the state--not local school districts--will make--and it's included in this budget. Most districts that cannot afford to pay their teachers more are located in the heart of rural Pennsylvania, and it is time to make sure we are investing in educators in those areas today to prepare our kids for the competitive world of tomorrow.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Pennsylvania legislature Feb 5, 2019

Tom Wolf: Ease student debt if grads stay in Pennsylvania

My plan creates a new grant program for students who graduate from a Pennsylvania community college with an associate's degree or other industry-recognized credential--and then stay in Pennsylvania to start their careers. If you're willing to put your newly-acquired skills to work here in our Commonwealth, the least we can do is help you avoid carrying around a crushing burden of student debt.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Pennsylvania legislature Feb 5, 2019

Bob Casey: Refinance student loans at lower rates

Q: Student debt & financial aid: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by more taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren proposal)? Raise student financial aid, like Pell Grants?

Lou Barletta (R): Unknown.

Bob Casey (D): Yes.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Pennsylvania Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Lou Barletta: Empower parents to choose kids' education environment

Q: Provide vouchers to parents to send their children to private schools with public money?

Lou Barletta (R): Yes. Wants to "empower parents to choose the education environment for their children."

Bob Casey (D): No (stand from 2004).

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Pennsylvania Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Scott Wagner: Support vouchers; we spend enough on public schools

Q: Increase funding for K-12 education?

Scott Wagner (R): Unclear. Has said PA spends "enough money" on public schools. More recently has talked of increase. Save money by cutting teacher benefits.

Tom Wolf (D): Yes. Worked to restore previous administration's budget cuts.

Q: Support vouchers to help parents send children to private schools?

Wagner: Yes. Parents should have choice of where to send child.

Wolf: No. Oppose any program that diverts state funding away from public schools.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide: Pennsylvania Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Scott Wagner: All 14 state colleges die by 2022 unless we revamp pensions

Q: Increase state funding for higher education?

Scott Wagner (R): Unclear. But unless pensions & health benefits are cut, predicts financial death of all 14 state colleges by 2022.

Tom Wolf (D): Yes, but may not be able to get past legislature. Incre

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide: Pennsylvania Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Tom Wolf: Opposes diverting state funding away from public schools

Q: Increase funding for K-12 education?

Scott Wagner (R): Said PA spends "enough money" on public schools. Save money by cutting teacher benefits.

Tom Wolf (D): Yes. Worked to restore previous administration's budget cuts--would like to increase funding.

Q: Support vouchers to help parents send children to private schools?

Wagner: Yes. Parents should have choice of where to send child.

Wolf: No. Oppose any program that diverts state funding away from public schools.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide: Pennsylvania Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Tom Wolf: Increase state funding for higher education

Q: Increase state funding for higher education?

Scott Wagner (R): Unclear. But unless pensions & health benefits are cut, predicts financial death of all 14 state colleges by 2022.

Tom Wolf (D): Yes, but may not be able to get past legislature. Incre

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide: Pennsylvania Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Ken Krawchuk: Oppose vouchers because of the "political ˙golden rule"

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: Oppose because of the "political ˙golden rule": He who supplies the gold makes the rules.

Source: OnTheIssues interview: 2018 Pennsylvania Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Jim Christiana: Worked with Democrats to expand education tax credits

Christiana said the culture in Washington, D.C., is "broken," and he believes he has learned how to be enough of a "productive legislator" as a state lawmaker to fix it. For example, Christiana cited times where he worked with Democrats to expand education tax credits or get patients access to doctors during a feud between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark, a health insurance company.

"There has to be compromise, and on every one of those situations we delivered If elected, Christiana planned to focus on combating the nationwide opioid epidemic, repealing ObamaCare and making higher education more affordable, according to his campaign website.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 2018 Pennsylvania Senate race May 15, 2018

Rick Saccone: Supports options besides public schools

We all benefit from school choice. Students, parents, teachers and taxpayers benefit from competition. Traditional school representatives have emphasized they are not afraid to compete and that is good. But lowering the standard of what we deem acceptable is not the answer. Taxpayers refuse to continue funding a system that produces marginal output at great cost, especially when more effective alternatives are available.
Source: 2018 Pennsylvania Senatorial website RickSaccone.com Oct 15, 2017

Jim Christiana: Supports choice in an education marketplace

Jim is a firm believer that a one-size-fits-all approach to basic education will not meet the needs of every student. Every child should have access to a high-quality education. He has authored and supported initiatives to help rescue children of low-income families from failing school districts, restore education funding in the state budget and create an education marketplace.

Jim has been a strong advocate for expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program, which he established through Act 85 of 2012. He authored two bills to eliminate bureaucratic hurdles and enhance the flexibility of the funding to allow more Pennsylvania students to benefit from these programs, which were signed into law in 2014 and 2016.

Source: 2018 Pennsylvania Senatorial website RepChristiana.com Jul 2, 2017

Joe Schiavoni: Protect students from failing online charter schools

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni released the following statement regarding an audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT): "ECOT and other online schools have known since at least the beginning of 2015 that they were expected to document when students logged on and logged off. That was clearly spelled out in instructions sent to e-schools regarding ODE's attendance review process. It's shameful that ECOT has the worst graduation rate in the nation while owing taxpayers $60 million. Thankfully, the Department of Education is fulfilling its responsibility to protect students from failing online charter schools that seem more concerned about profits than graduation rates.

"While some online charter schools are doing a good job of educating their students, the evidence is overwhelming that many are not. That's why I introduced Senate Bill 39 to bring more accountability and transparency to Ohio's online charter schools."

Source: OhioSenate.gov on Pennsylvania voting record SB39 Mar 11, 2017

Dwight Evans: Make every neighborhood school a "community school"

Invest in every neighborhood school, making it a "community school." Community schools become a hub for the community, not just a place where kids go to learn a few hours a day for only a portion of the year, but also a place where families can find activities and other resources, including basic health supports, where adults can find opportunities to learn, as well, and place for connections--to jobs, to community organizations and concerns, to the Internet, and to the world beyond. Services include:
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania House campaign website DwightEvans.com Nov 8, 2016

Rick Saccone: Increase education funding by more than $400 million

Rep. Rick Saccone released the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf used the line-item veto on several previously agreed upon items, including education funding, in order to prolong the budget impasse at the expense of Pennsylvania taxpayers.

"Gov. Wolf has finally realized that he cannot hold schools and human service agencies hostage during this budget stalemate. The Legislature has been calling for the release of this critical funding for months, and it is about time that our governor recognize the needs of our most vulnerable citizens. Gov. Wolf claims that the budget sent to him by the Senate last week cuts education funding by $95 million. This is simply untrue. This budget increased education funding by more than $400 million. It is well past time for the political posturing to come to an end. Once again, the governor has purposefully wasted an opportunity to end this budget impasse. Today's events are further evidence that Gov. Wolf is waging war on taxpayers."

Source: Press release on Pennsylvania legislative voting records Dec 30, 2015

John Fetterman: Started a GED program in Braddock before running for mayor

John earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where he focused on finding solutions in social work, business, and public policy to confront urban challenges and economic inequality. John then returned to Pennsylvania to start a GED program in the town of Braddock. Once a booming steel town where Andrew Carnegie established his first mill, Braddock in 2001 was one of the poorest and most troubled communities in the commonwealth, facing steep population decline and high rates of poverty.

John saw the town's beauty and the grit and determination that had been the community's roots for generations. He bought an abandoned church and made Braddock home. In 2005, encouraged by his students and motivated to do more to address the inequality that he felt was holding Braddock back, John ran for mayor. He managed to win the crowded primary by a single vote. And he's been hard at work ever since.

Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website JohnFetterman.com Sep 22, 2015

Tom Wolf: $15M for community colleges but they must freeze tuition

This budget increases our investment in public schools at every grade level. It also recognizes that our responsibility to provide a great education does not begin at kindergarten and end with high school. That's why my budget also expands access to early childhood education by increasing the number of children in Pre-K by 75%. That's why we are increasing funding to community colleges by $15 million. And that is why we are restoring 50% of the cuts to our state system of higher education.

But those improvements come with a string attached. In return for these increases, today I am calling on our institutions of higher education to freeze tuition, and I expect them to answer that call. These investments in higher education and community colleges will help prepare our young people for jobs that pay.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Pennsylvania Legislature Mar 3, 2015

Brendan Boyle: Invest in education; ensure public schools are best in world

As the husband of a dedicated public school teacher, I care deeply about our schools and making sure they are the best in the world. That's why I fought to invest in education and voted against Gov. Corbett's deep cuts in education. We must invest in education from early childhood all the way through higher education to give children and young adults the support they need for a chance at later success.

Investments in schools at all levels will ensure we as a nation continue to have the world's best workforce. Good schools, strong community colleges and universities, and technical training can ensure we have the best workforce in the world. Having a well-trained workforce gives us a worldwide competitive edge. The soundest investment this country can make is in our own people.

Source: 2014 Pennsylvania House campaign website, VoteBoyle.com Oct 10, 2014

Katie McGinty: Subsidize state colleges to keep tuition below inflation

McGinty would propose rewarding state-subsidized universities with additional state aid for keeping an annual tuition increase to below the inflation rate. Would seek to reduce payments to charter schools and fund them based on "auditable costs." Would seek to create a grant program to help 35,000 middle-income families of college-bound children and create the "Pennsylvania Dream Scholarship Program." to provide merit-based grants of up to $4,000 for 10,000 high-achieving, low-income students.
Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race May 17, 2014

Tom Wolf: Restore money cut from public schools

All four Democratic candidates would seek to restore money that Corbett cut from higher education and public schools to balance the budget. They also all oppose vouchers for private schools.

Wolf would seek to increase the state's share of public school spending to 50 percent of the overall cost. Would convene a commission to develop funding formulas for charter schools and cyber charters. Would develop a five-year funding plan for state-subsidized universities.

Source: The Patriot News on 2014 Pennsylvania governor debate May 10, 2014

Tom Corbett: We have moved beyond the age of the blackboard

Public education is entering an era of transformation. Ageless subjects--math, reading and science--have seen new strides in how we teach them. We have moved beyond the age of the blackboard as new technologies tie every classroom to the world and have the potential to link every young life to a bright future. My budget provides for enhanced learning opportunities, career-focused training and most importantly, a safe learning environment.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Tom Corbett: $6.4 million dollars for Pre-K Counts and the Head Start

I propose adding another $6.4 million dollars toward our Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs. This money gives an additional 3,200 children, and their families, access to quality full and part-day programs as well as summer kindergarten readiness programs.

Why do we want to spend more on these programs? Because every child in Pennsylvania deserves an equal start in life, and I intend to see that promise kept. As we lay this foundation, we must also continue to expand funding for K-through-12 education. This budget adds nearly $100 million dollars to be distributed to our school districts. That is over and above last year's record funding levels. Our commitment allows schools to plan their budgets for the coming year and make the best use of their resources. Their commitment should allow students and their families to plan their own budgets.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Tom Corbett: Enable kids in bad schools to attend private schools

Some students are consigned to failure because of their ZIP codes. They live in the shadow of failing public schools they must attend because their families lack the resources or ability to enroll them elsewhere. Opportunity scholarships provide additional choices for Pennsylvania students.
Source: Pennsylvania 2011 gubernatorial press release #2985 Oct 11, 2011

Tom Corbett: Families trapped in failing schools: make funding portable

There are too many mandates that tie the hands of local school boards. This administration is committed to curbing these mandates, including one that violates every law of economics: the inability to furlough employees when there isn't the money to pay them.

Pennsylvania needs to re-think how best to educate our children. We simply can't work within a broken system. We need to change the whole system. We need a new set of priorities: child, parent, and teacher--and in that order.

Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania legislature Mar 8, 2011

Tom Corbett: Families trapped in failing schools: make funding portable

There are too many mandates that tie the hands of local school boards. This administration is committed to curbing these mandates, including one that violates every law of economics: the inability to furlough employees when there isn't the money to pay them.

Pennsylvania needs to re-think how best to educate our children. We simply can't work within a broken system. We need to change the whole system. We need a new set of priorities: child, parent, and teacher--and in that order. What we have now in too many places are schools that don't work. Families are trapped in failing schools, or schools that are a bad fit. We need to develop a system of portable education funding; something a student can take with him or her to the school that best fits their needs. One size does not fit all. But as it now stands, not all get to choose. Let's give them school choice.

Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania legislature Mar 8, 2011

Ed Rendell: Increase funding for education

For the first time in a generation, average state funding for education will ultimately reach 50 percent of the total cost. We will provide all districts with increased funding and cut local property taxes at the same time. We will offer school districts the funds to reduce class size, provide pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten, and provide extra help for all students who need it. We will offer administrators and teachers the tools to get the job done. We can succeed in reforming public education
Source: Budget Address to Pennsylvania General Assembly Mar 4, 2003

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