Thursday October 11, 2018
Pennsylvania needs better commitment to funding schools.
I write in support of Douglas Metcalfe, a candidate for state House in the 128th District. As an educator, I must highlight his support for education. Metcalfe is of a generation for which state-funded, collegiate-level education was a saving grace. Today there's no such luck. Pennsylvania is still trying to catch up from the $1 billion in education cuts that took place under Gov. Tom Corbett as part of House Bill 1485 of 2011. Metcalfe's opponent, Republican Rep. Mark Gillen, voted in favor of this bill.
More recently Gillen voted for HB 218, a spending plan that was unfavorable to education funding, and co-sponsored HB 250, which expands the school choice programs that already siphon millions away from public education. While school choice is respectable in theory, any legislature that diverts funds away from public education, the cornerstone of America's educational systems, is misguided. Gillen's record paints him as a yes man for critically out-of-touch U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Metcalfe would be a breath of fresh air for the 128th in terms of education funding and advocacy, as he is committed to funding education at all levels, including early education and vocational/technical school.
State house candidate would boost education