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“We believe the selection of Pedro Rivera as Secretary of Education indicates Governor-elect Wolf is committed to ensuring equity in education throughout the state, and adequate support for all public school students and the educators who help them reach their potential. Every child deserves a chance to succeed regardless of where they live in the Commonwealth. We look forward to working with Secretary Rivera as he leads a transformation in the way the state supports its schools. Pennsylvania’s top priority must be to re-establish a fair, sustainable and predictable process for funding all public schools that recognizes our shared responsibility.
“Rivera has the experience teaching and leading in large and small school districts here in Pennsylvania, and he understands that a high quality education benefits every community. A recent Associated Press analysis of school spending documented the current inequities, driven by Pennsylvania’s antiquated property tax system and lack of a fair funding formula. We strongly encourage Governor-elect Wolf and Mr. Rivera to consider the Basic Education Funding Commission’s recommendations this spring and take swift action to improve the way the state supportsits schools. Educating every child is a collective imperative that has positive social and economic benefits for all of Pennsylvania.”
Jim Buckheit – Executive Director PA Association of School Administrators
Nathan Mains – Executive Director PA School Boards Association
Jay Himes – Executive Director
PA Association of School Business Officials
Paul Healey – Executive Director PA Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
Joseph Bard – Executive Director PA Association of Rural and Small Schools]]>
Earlier this month, the Legislature passed and the governor signed a budget that will invest about $10.5 billion in state funding for pre-K to 12 education.The budget includes $100 million in additional state funding for the newly established Ready-to-Learn Block Grant program.
Additional investments in targeted initiatives such as STEM programs (science, technology, math and engineering) will prepare our students for in-demand jobs and to be the innovators our economy needs. Lawmakers also invested $20 million to support for students with special needs, increased school construction funding by $10 million and lifted the moratorium on reimbursements during this legislative session.