What’s At Stake: Education

Governor Wolf has been a consistent advocate for high quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. Since taking office, he has worked tirelessly to undo the damage done by the Harrisburg Republicans’ one billion dollar cut to education. He has spent his term fighting to ensure that all children, no matter their zip code, receive the high quality education that they deserve. While in office, Governor Wolf has:

  • Fully restored the one billion dollar cut to education made by Harrisburg Republicans that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts.
  • Enacted a fair funding formula to take the politics out of education funding once and for all.
  • Increased the number of children attending pre-kindergarten by 64%.
  • Increased the high school graduation rate to 86%, making Pennsylvania a national leader.
  • Increased the number of students enrolled in full-day kindergarten to 93,800.
  • Increased the number of credentials earned by students in career and technical education programs by 32%.
  • Established PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $30 million workforce development initiative that invests $20 million in computer science and STEM education programs for k-12 students and $10 million to expand apprenticeships and industry partnerships.
  • Established standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools, joining fewer than a dozen states to endorse such standards.
  • Made Pennsylvania third in the nation in STEM education.
  • Expanded enrollment in AP courses by 10 percent.
  • Reduced the length of PSSA tests by 20 percent, condensed the exam timeframe from three weeks to two weeks, and shifted it to later in the school year for students in grades three through eight.
  • Created a task force to bring together officials, educators, parents, and students to talk to about ways to improve school safety and security.
  • Increased funding for school safety and security improvements by $60 million.

Scott Wagner is an anti-education candidate who would put our children’s future at risk. Wagner as governor would:

  • Take us back to the days when Harrisburg Republicans’ cut one billion dollars from education, which led to cuts to important programs like pre-k, larger class sizes, and teacher layoffs.
  • Lay off 10% of teachers in Pennsylvania.
  • Sign school choice legislation that would strip billions from public education.
  • Refuse to devote more money to public schools because he thinks schools do not need more funding.
  • Put our children’s safety at risk by refusing to support stronger background checks and more school safety funding.