On the Issues
As a former high school teacher of 35 years, one of Steve’s top priorities in Harrisburg has been to ensure that local school districts have the resources to provide the best possible education for our children. Steve has seen from his decades of experience how political decisions from Washington and Harrisburg impact the classroom and affect our children’s opportunities to learn.
Once Steve arrived in Harrisburg, he used his experience to fight for key reforms and additional funding to help our public education system.
Steve’s plan for Education:
Restore the Funding that Governor Corbett Cut from K-12 Public Education
Former Governor Corbett drastically cut funding for public education in the 2011-2012 fiscal year budget. This massive cut forced many school districts all across Pennsylvania to reduce services, curriculum, staff or raise property taxes to compensate for the cuts. The fact that some children attend school in districts without art and music classes is wrong. We need to ensure that all our children receive a well-rounded education.
Return to a Funding Formula for School Districts
During the Rendell Administration, state funding for K-12 education was appropriated based on a scientific formula rather than at the whim of various legislators in Harrisburg. Shortly after Governor Corbett took office, the funding formula was trashed. The Corbett Administration replaced the funding formula with block grant programs that are one year in duration and make local budgeting tough. This example is a horrible way to fund education in our Commonwealth. Local School Districts need a stable and sustainable funding stream that they can depend on from year to year.
Enact More Accountability and Transparency for Charter Schools
It’s time that we hold charter schools accountable by increasing transparency and guarding taxpayers against abuse when tax dollars are sent to a for-profit Charter School. We have seen too many reports of waste, fraud and abuse by some charter schools in our Commonwealth; and it’s time that taxpayers hold all charter schools accountable to the same standards as our public schools.