This weekend, The Bradford Era reported that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner called for closing down Pennsylvania schools, a seismic shift in Pennsylvania’s education system.
Pennsylvania – This weekend, The Bradford Era reported that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner called for closing down Pennsylvania schools, a seismic shift in Pennsylvania’s education system. Read more about his plan below:
Wagner said a governor’s representative will go to every county to do an assessment of the schools. And maybe, he suggested, it might be prudent to consolidate some in areas where some schools are underperforming.
“I think people are not starting to realize we have way too many schools in an area,” he said. “We need to start having some honest conversations, but we also have to move fast. Someone is successful in their life based on the education they have.”
“Scott Wagner’s new plan to shutter schools is a shocking shift in Pennsylvania’s education system and would disproportionately affect rural and suburban schools,” said Beth Melena, communications director for Tom Wolf for Governor. “Parents and children should be terrified by Wagner, who has also supported Harrisburg Republicans’ billion dollar cut to education, called for laying off 10% of teachers in Pennsylvania, and said he would not devote more money to public schools. It’s clear that Scott Wagner as governor would be dangerous for our children, and he would take Pennsylvania backwards.”
Wagner Supported Harrisburg Republicans’ $1 Billion Cut to Education.
INTERVIEWER: Well, they say the Governor runs the largest corporation in the state. He is the chief executive officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He’s come out with some pretty dramatic changes for the budget in this coming season, but we still have ⅔ of Pennsylvanians are opposed to the cuts in education. If you were to give him advice, would you tell him to stick to his guns on these dramatic cuts that he’s making across the board. Education’s hit the worst, but everybody’s getting hit.
WAGNER: “Yes, I believe that Governor Corbett needs to stick to his plan.” [Behind the Headlines, 5/23/11]
Wagner Advocated For Laying Off 10% of Teachers in Pennsylvania. “‘We have 180,000 teachers in the state of Pennsylvania,’ Wagner said. ‘If we laid off 10 percent of the teachers in the state of Pennsylvania, we’d never miss them.’” [ABC27, 6/29/15]
Wagner Co-Sponsored Bill Which Could Guy $1.7 Billion from Public Education. “But every time a student opts to take the money, the same number of dollars would be subtracted from his or her home district. In theory, that could reach about 1.7 billion dollars, a fifth of the amount spent by the state on K-12 public education.” [WHYY, 5/22/18]
Wagner Would Not Devote More Money To Public Schools. “To a great extent, it appeared that two candidates — Paul Mango and Scott Wagner — would be unwilling to devote more money to public schools … Scott Wagner … said he believes the state spends ‘enough money’ on public schools, while stressing the need for frugality, fewer regulations and more accountability.” [Associated Press, 3/07/18]
Wagner Said The State Should Not Spend More On Public Education. “The candidates — State Sen. Scott Wagner of York County; Paul Mango, a retired health-care consultant, and lawyer Laura Ellsworth, both from the Pittsburgh area — agreed that the state shouldn’t spend more money on public education…” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/06/18]
Wagner Twice Voted Against Restoring Funding For The Safe School Initiative. In April 2017, House Bill 218 eliminated money for the Safe School Initiative. The Senate restored that funding in their version of the budget, and Wagner voted against it in committee and on the floor. [HB 218, General Fund State Appropriations, 4/03/17, Senate Appropriations Committee Vote, Roll Call #391, 6/29/17, RCS# 206, 6/30/17]
HEADLINE: “State Senator Who Can Afford To Charter Helicopters On Whim Says Public Schools Overfunded.” [Huffington Post, 6/05/15]
CONTACT: Beth Melena, firstname.lastname@example.org
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