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Tom Corbett on Education

 

 


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

$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

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

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

Other governors on Education: Tom Corbett on other issues:
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Allyson Schwartz
Mark Critz
Michael Nutter
Scott Wagner
Tom Wolf
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