By G. Terry Madonna and Michael Young
These days, the word “crisis” has become a tedious cliche, much overused and abused by those for whom every problem becomes a looming catastrophe. But the unparalleled challenges now confronting the financing of the state’s public education system do comprise a crisis, one that if left unsolved threatens to transform Pennsylvania — educationally, economically, culturally and even socially — into a permanent backwater.
Statewide, dedicated teachers are being furloughed, programs are being curtailed, schools are being shut down and an entire generation of students might be losing their access to a quality education. That’s just the good news. Worse is that the furloughs, the cutting and the closings are going to accelerate in the coming months and years, bringing further assaults upon Pennsylvania’s public education system.
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