The little amount of strings-attached money for education that Gov. Tom Corbett offered in his budget is too little too late for Pennsylvania students. In his quest to be re-elected governor, Mr. Corbett’s politically motivated offering cannot make up for what Pennsylvania students have already lost with his previous billion-dollar destructive cut to public education.
As a recently retired public high school teacher, I have experienced the devastating impact of these funding cuts on our classrooms and students. Closed school libraries, extremely reduced special education resources, overcrowded classrooms and cuts in arts education reflect a few of the lost resources our students need to achieve promised success.
If Mr. Corbett cared about Pennsylvania he would have taxed Marcellus Shale to fund the future of young people through education instead of robbing our kids, while also destroying the environment, to enrich his corporate friends.