In a recent article by CBS Philly, Governor Corbett is blaming local school districts for cutting programs.
During a recent appearance with WPHT’s Dom Giordano, Governor Corbett said if school boards want to cut programs instead of spending more of their financial reserves, blame them — not his budget.
“Well, I look at the reserves as – it’s a rainy day fund. And this is a rainy day – we are in a rainy day.”
Corbett said school district cash reserves are meant for times like now.
“But what do we hear out there? ‘Oh my goodness, because of Governor Corbett’s budget, we’re going to have to get rid of all-day kindergarten, we’re going to have to get rid art and music in the classrooms’. Well, if I look at that school district and I see a substantial reserve – that’s their decision.”
But earlier this month, Governor Corbett cautioned state legislators against spending the state’s surplus of $506 million. In this article, the Governor states, “it might be wiser to hold the money in reserve or use it to pay down debt.” The Governor’s proposal included slashing an additional $100 million in cuts for public schools, in addition to the over $800 million that was cut in this year’s budget.
So which is it? Is it only a rainy day for local school districts and not for the state budget?
On Wednesday, May 23, Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth will call the Governor and their legislators to tell them it’s raining in Pennsylvania and to use the surplus to invest in public education. Our future workforce and economy depend on it. Learn more about how you can participate in our Call to Action for Public Education on May 23rd.