Partners for Public Education: School Funding

Everyone seems to be on the same page. Spokespeople for Gov. Tom Wolf and state legislative leaders say next year's budget will be completed on time — or pretty darn close.

The big question is: Will the 2016-17 budget make the investments in public education that our students need?

There is no more pressing issue facing our elected leaders than passing a budget with the revenues needed to end the school funding crisis and to put the state's fiscal house in order. Everyone must work together to address these challenges. Otherwise, Pennsylvania will be looking at a massive school funding cut next year — and all the educational program cuts, staff layoffs, and property tax increases that will come with it.

On Feb. 9, 2016, Gov. Tom Wolf laid out a plan to close the budget deficit, end the school funding crisis, and make sure that Pennsylvania has the resources to invest in public schools for years to come.

Partners for Public Education hopes that additional school funding will allow districts to reduce the number of students in overcrowded classrooms as well as to restore academic programs and electives such as art and music that have disappeared from too many schools in recent years. The educational benefits for students would pay dividends for decades.

But this solution to Pennsylvania's school funding crisis can only work if legislators agree to it.

Over the past several months, we have asked Partners like you to let your state lawmakers know just how important it is to make needed investments in our public schools. Many of you took the time to do just that. On behalf of Pennsylvania's 1.7 million public school students and their families, thank you.

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