PENNSYLVANIA – Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 2, an attack on public education which passed the Pennsylvania Senate Education
PENNSYLVANIA – Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 2, an attack on public education which passed the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee today. SB 2 would cut up to $1.7 billion from public schools.
“SB 2 is Scott Wagner’s latest attack on Pennsylvania’s children as he continues to attempt to gut funding from the public school system,” said Beth Melena, communications director for the Wolf Campaign. “The students of Pennsylvania deserve better than a governor who would take us back to the days when Harrisburg Republicans cut public education by $1 billion, leading to mass teacher layoffs, cuts to important programs like pre-kindergarten, and larger class sizes.”
Wagner has also advocated for laying off 10% of all teachers in Pennsylvania and voted against school safety initiatives. And recently, during a budget hearing with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Wagner also said the entire system would be done in four years because he would not continue to fund them.
“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, 05/22/18]
“Instead of hyperbole and rhetoric, data and a real-world example illustrate how S.B. 2 fails to address the barriers to achievement present in struggling schools. In reality, S.B. 2 will make things worse for those schools and communities.” [Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed, 05/21/18]
“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]
“‘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, 06/29/15]
“Your system is done in four years. You are out of runway, you are out of oxygen. The taxpayers are not going to continue to pump money into this system…For those of you who think your schools are going to be around in four years from now, ain’t going to be around. We are going to stop pumping money into this system. It’s ridiculous.” [PASSHE Budget Hearing, 2/22/18]
In April, House Bill 218 eliminated money for the Safe School Initiative. The Senate restored that funding in their version of the budget, and Scott Wagner voted against it in committee and on the floor.
CONTACT: Beth Melena, email@example.com
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