Scott Wagner today released a detailed, substantive plan to improve K-12 education policy in Pennsylvania. Wagner’s plan will increase education funding by over $1 billion annually (without raising taxes) so that all districts will have the resources they need to succeed, will encourage the retooling and reinventing of curriculum so that all students are prepared to meet the needs of the modern workforce and will put in place the innovative programs necessary to obtain the best and brightest teachers.
SCOTT WAGNER ON THE PLAN
“In my administration your zip code won’t determine your success. I’m committed to record investments in education so that every child has access to opportunity, every parent has peace of mind knowing their child has a chance to learn, every teacher has the tools they need and every taxpayer knows we are doing it at a price they can afford.”
JEFF BARTOS ON THE PLAN
“Governor Wolf has failed Pennsylvania’s public school students and parents. For three straight years, he called for tax increase after tax increase while refusing to authorize any education funding increases. The money the Republican legislature did put into education was swallowed up by pension payments and did not help a single student. Scott and I believe Pennsylvania deserves better. Rather than cutting funding from 70 percent of schools like Governor Wolf wants to do, we have a plan give more resources to all of our students without raising taxes.”
Governor Wagner will reform our education system to ensure Pennsylvania meets its Constitutional obligation to provide all of our children with a “thorough and efficient” education by:
- Providing Necessary Funding for All Schools
- Investing In Great Teachers
- Guaranteeing Safe Schools
- Highlighting the Importance of Early Childhood Education
- Retooling and Reinventing our Education System
- Ensuring Students are College and Career Ready
- Implementing Accountability for All
- Governor Wolf has called for billions in new taxes to pay for his spending, but Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos believe that we can provide over $1 billion in additional funds for education without raising taxes by tightening our belts and cutting corporate welfare.
- The one $1 billion in additional annual dollars will include:
- A $700 million direct infusion of money through the current funding formula, so more schools receive fair and adequate funding.
- The creation of the RISE Block Grant, which will provide access to $150 million in additional funding for our schools that implement evidence based reforms.
- The establishment of a Teach to the Top block grant, which will provide up to $150 million to reward and retain our best and brightest educators.
- And the addition of a remedial line item within the budget of $25 million to appropriate grants for school districts implementing plans to assist struggling teachers.
- It’s time that we get serious about protecting our students, teachers, and schools. That’s why Scott and Jeff are calling for a real investment in school safety including armed guards at every school, single entrance points, and body scanners.
- Scott and Jeff believe that early childhood education is key to developing lifelong learners and they will work to make sure every child has access to quality early childhood opportunities.
- “One size fits all” doesn’t work in education and Scott and Jeff are going to fight to make sure every child has choices in education through things such as the expansion of successful programs like EITC, access to the courses they need to be successful, and broadband that serves the entire state.
- For too long our education system has told students they have to go to college in order to be successful.
- While that is the correct path for many of our students, for others, career preparation in a skilled trade could serve as a more beneficial path.
- Scott and Jeff will make sure that we are providing our students with all of the necessary tools to succeed after graduation.
- Too often Harrisburg measures inputs and not outputs when it comes to success. It shouldn’t be just about how much more we spend; it’s about how we spend it.
- That’s why Scott and Jeff will push for new accountability standards for all schools, including traditional public schools, brick and mortar charters, and cyber charters.