Wagner Releases “An Opportunity For Every Child To Succeed” Plan
Wagner’s campaign says education plan increases basic education funding by $1 billion annually without raising taxes
2018 gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner today released a detailed, substantive plan to improve K-12 education policy in Pennsylvania. Wagner’s plan will increase education funding by over $1 billion annually so that all districts will have the resources they need to succeed, will encourage the retooling and reinventing of curriculum so that all students are prepared to meet the needs of the modern workforce and will put in place the innovative programs necessary to obtain the best and brightest teachers.
“In my administration your zip code won’t determine your success,” Scott Wagner said of the plan. “I’m committed to record investments in education so that every child has access to opportunity, every parent has peace of mind knowing their child has a chance to learn, every teacher has the tools they need and every taxpayer knows we are doing it at a price they can afford.”
Jeff Bartos added, “Governor Wolf has failed Pennsylvania’s public school students and parents. For three straight years, he called for tax increase after tax increase while refusing to authorize any education funding increases. The money the Republican legislature did put into education was swallowed up by pension payments and did not help a single student. Scott and I believe Pennsylvania deserves better. Rather than cutting funding from 70 percent of schools like Governor Wolf wants to do, we have a plan give more resources to all of our students without raising taxes.”
“Scott knows where the weaknesses in our education system are and how to address them,” said Senate Education Committee Chairman John Eichelberger. “His focus on school safety will ensure our students have the opportunity to learn in a peaceful environment, and his plans for STEM education and career readiness will confront our skilled labor crisis with the sense of urgency we’ve been lacking. From Scott’s proposed investments in early literacy and access to pre-k, to his plan for increased broadband access, Scott is determined to give Pennsylvania’s students more opportunities to succeed than ever before.”
Representative Judy Ward, who spoke at today’s press conference, said,“Scott’s innovative proposals bode well for Pennsylvania’s students and teachers,”. Tom Wolf has received millions of dollars from Harrisburg’s special interests and public-sector unions, while Scott will turn control of the classrooms back to our educators. His Teach to the Top block grant will reward our excellent teachers, and a Teachers Cabinet will ensure educators play a vital role in a Wagner administration. With a focus on local solutions for teachers and students, Pennsylvania’s education system can thrive.”
Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos say they believe that public education is the cornerstone of Pennsylvania while allegeing Governor Wolf has embraced an education establishment that puts pension payments before student achievement and has us ranked near the bottom of achievement, affordability, and results. Scott and Jeff have a plan to turn around the education system and make sure that our children have access to opportunity.
The following is a statement from the Wagner campaign:
1. DELIVERING $1 BILLION INTO OUR CLASSROOMS WITHOUT RAISING TAXES
- Governor Wolf has called for billions in new taxes to pay for his spending, but Scott and Jeff believe that we can provide over $1 billion in additional funds for education without raising taxes by tightening our belts and cutting corporate welfare.
- Scott and Jeff know that being a teacher is one of the toughest and most important jobs out there.
- That’s why they will create a Teach to the Top Program to reward great teachers with bonuses for jobs well done.
- It’s time that we get serious about protecting our students, teachers, and schools.
- That’s why Scott and Jeff are calling for a real investment in school safety including armed guards at every school, single entrance points, and body scanners.
- Scott and Jeff believe that early childhood education is key to developing lifelong learners and they will work to make sure every child has access to quality early childhood opportunities.
- “One size fits all” doesn’t work in education and Scott and Jeff are going to fight to make sure every child has choices in education through things such as the expansion of successful programs like EITC, access to the courses they need to be successful, and broadband that serves the entire state
- For too long our education system has told students they have to go to college in order to be successful. While that is the correct path for many of our students, for others, career preparation in a skilled trade could serve as a more beneficial path. Scott and Jeff will make sure that we are providing our students with all of the necessary tools to succeed after graduation.
- Too often Harrisburg measures inputs and not outputs when it comes to success.
- It shouldn’t be just about how much more we spend; it’s about how we spend it.
- That’s why Scott and Jeff will push for new accountability standards for all schools, including traditional public schools, brick and mortar charters, and cyber charters.