Tom Wolf on 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.
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.
Pennsylvania needs a leader who will work tirelessly to make sure that every child, regardless of his or her zip code, receives the best possible education. As governor, Tom Wolf will restore Governor Corbett's $1 billion in cuts to education, implement a fair funding formula, and institute reforms to help local school districts innovate and improve student performance.
Tom also believes Pennsylvania should extend the notion of basic education to include universal pre-K, because too much of the battle for educational achievement is lost before our children enter kindergarten.
The state's charter school sector is one piece of our public education system. It can play an important role in introducing new and innovative teaching practices that can be expanded to local school districts.
Unfortunately, Governor Corbett and others in Harrisburg have prioritized mass expansion and deregulation of this sector over accountability and student outcomes. This is the wrong direction for public education.
As part of his education agenda, Tom Wolf will work to refocus this sector and make sure that every public school--district-run, charter, or cyber charter--is held to the same high standards.