By Pedro A. Rivera, PA Secretary of Education – Guest columnist
Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre)
The 2016-17 budget provides a significant step forward for Pennsylvania schools.
It will help promote student success, and improve access to a high-quality education – regardless of a child’s ZIP code. Working with our partners in the Legislature, we are moving Pennsylvania forward by investing in our children.
Over the past two years, Gov. Tom Wolf has championed our schools, fighting for increased education funding. As a result of his advocacy, this budget provides an additional $200 million in basic education funding.
The spending plan also includes a $30 million increase for early childhood education to preserve the number of slots in proven early learning programs such as Pre-K Counts and Head Start, a $20 million increase for special education, and a more than $10 million increase for early intervention. This funding will help restore even more districts from the deep funding reductions of 2011.
Full story: Pedro A. Rivera: New state budget invests in Wilkes-Barre Area students, and boosts Pennsylvania’s prospects, by PA Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera, Times Leader, 07/14/16