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How Will You Make Education Better for our Children?

 
How Will You Make Education Better for our Children?

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Allyson Schwartz (D)

First, I will reverse Tom Corbett's nearly $1 billion in cuts to education in my first term. Second, I will invest in our children with revenues from a 5% severance tax on natural gas. I'm fully committed to strengthening Pennsylvania's education system from pre-K to post-secondary. I will significantly expand access to early education by launching Keystone Kids and will make full-day kindergarten available to every child in Pennsylvania. I will give our public schools the support they need, and make college more affordable by restoring state support, securing tuition freezes in exchange for state funding, and launching PA Achieves to encourage community college students to complete their associate's degree and to take the next step to earn a bachelor's degree.

Allyson Schwartz's bio can be found here. More information about Allyson Schwartz, including her position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at allysonschwartz.com, Facebook/allysonschwartzforgovernor, and @allysonschwartz.

Jonathan D. Jewell (I)

I don't know if I can make education "better". However, I do feel that the children of our great state are being deprived of basic school lessons, social and arts programs due to mishandling of funds with absolutely no accountability. So, I, for one, would hold some feet to the fire and hold some people accountable.

Jonathan D. Jewel's bio can be found here. More information about Jonathan D. Jewel, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at jewellforpagov2014.com and Facebook/GovernorJewell.

Katie McGinty (D)

I would restore the cuts that have been made to public education by enacting a severance tax on natural gas drillers and dedicate every penny to funding schools. This tax would provide close to $600 million in additional funding in the first year, growing to approximately $1.8 billion over a decade. I would enact a fair funding formula that is open and transparent that will provide close to one-half of the funding for local schools. We would invest in early childhood education by expanding pre-kindergarten and providing full-day kindergarten in every school district. You can read more at http://www.katiemcginty.com/issues/strong-schools-bright-futures.

Katie McGinty's bio can be found here. More information about Katie McGinty, including her position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at katiemcginty.com, Facebook/katiemcgintyforgovernor, and @mcgintyforgov.

Ken V. Krawchuk (L)

We must introduce competition into the government school system. How? Let parents choose the best school district for their child, and funds which currently go to their local school would follow the child to the school of the parents' choice. Curriculum should be controlled locally, not by an unelected Board of Education in Harrisburg or by national "Common Core" standards. End unfunded Federal and state mandates that drive up property taxes. Whenever possible, students should be home schooled or placed in private community schools. These are typically far less expensive, allowing your property taxes to be cut in half.

Ken V. Krawchuk's bio can be found here. More information about Ken V. Krawchuk, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at KenK.org, Facebook/KenK2014, and @KenK201.

Paul Glover (G)

The main lesson a teacher can teach is love of learning. So curriculum reform is needed, to prepare youngsters for community leadership, making decisions together, and green enterprise. Arts stimulate creative thinking, providing outlets for enthusiasm and frustration. Rigid rote standards leave every child behind.

State funding incentives should be available to universities and school districts that 1) restrain administrative salaries; 2) restrain new construction; 3) superinsulate and cogenerate; 4) invest endowments and pensions in a new Pennsylvania state bank; 5) decrease tuition.

http://paulglover.org/greengov.4schoolfunding.html.

Paul Glover's bio can be found here. More information about Paul Glover, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at paulglover.org, Facebook/metroeco, and @metroecos.

Rob McCord (D)

For me, education is a deeply personal issue. After my mom and dad got divorced, my mom moved my brother and me to Montgomery County because of the great public schools. Education will be my top priority as governor, because everything else — job creation, economic development, crime rates, the health of our people, and civic engagement — all improve with a better educated public. That's why I've proposed a $1.3 billion investment in education that restores the $1 billion Gov. Corbett cut from of our classrooms.

Rob McCord's bio can be found here. More information about Rob McCord, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at robmccord.com, Facebook/RobMcCordPA, and @RobMcCordPA.

Governor Tom Corbett (R)

Since taking office, I have increased education funding every year to now historic levels. This year I proposed a $240 million Ready to Learn Block Grant to be distributed through a student-focused formula, accounting for the number and needs of students in the classroom. Through new measures for school performance, we will be able to more directly target how we increase student achievement, and better prepare our students for the jobs and careers of the 21st Century.

Governor Tom Corbett's bio can be found here. More information about Governor Tom Corbett, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at tomcorbettforgovernor.com, Facebook/corbettforgov, and @corbettforgov.

Tom Wolf (D)

I support our state's public education system, and I know that Pennsylvania is home to some of the best public schools in the country. But I also know that there is still work to be done. Pennsylvania needs a leader who will work tirelessly to make sure that every child, regardless of his or her zip code, receives the best possible education. As governor, I will restore Governor Corbett's $1 billion in cuts to education, implement a fair funding formula, and institute reforms to help local school districts innovate and improve student performance. Read more about my position here: http://wolfforpa.com/sections/page/education.

Tom Wolf's bio can be found here. More information about Tom Wolf, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at wolfforpa.com, Facebook/WolfForPA, and @WolfForPA.

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