More money isn’t enough: Our reaction to Governor Wolf’s budget address

In yesterday’s budget address, Governor Wolf presented his proposal for a substantial increase in education spending. It’s encouraging to see the Governor make investing in education a priority, but funding without reform won’t solve our education crisis.
Without changes to the public pension system and labor contracts, a substantial portion of this new spending won’t make it to our classrooms. Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners, our sister advocacy organization, made this statement on this issue.
Across Philadelphia we see examples of schools with the same resources achieving wildly different outcomes for kids. With new resources, we need to prioritize investment in what is working rather than in strategies that fall short year after year. We will continue to advocate both for increased investment in education and for accountability on behalf of all families. To get involved in this work, please contact us.
P.S. Congratulations to three of our partner principals for being honored by Education Secretary Arne Duncan! Read about it here.