Scott Wagner does not value investing in our children’s future. He supported Republican Governor Tom Corbett’s $1 billion cut to public education, which resulted in mass teacher layoffs, cuts to important programs like pre-kindergarten, and larger class sizes. He recently co-sponsored Senate Bill 2, which could cut up to $1.7 billion from our public schools and would do nothing to address the achievement barriers faced by struggling public schools.
The Associated Press reported following a debate in March that Wagner “would be unwilling to devote more money to public schools” and that he “believes the state spends ‘enough money’ on public schools.”
There’s a pattern of Wagner not supporting public education. Wagner advocated for laying off 10% of Pennsylvania’s teachers, asserting that “we’d never miss them,” voted against school safety funding, and refuses to support stronger background checks which puts our children’s safety at risk.
And after the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education asked for a funding increase, Wagner dismissed it as “ridiculous” and said the entire system would be done in four years because he would not continue to fund them.
Pennsylvania’s children deserve better than Scott Wagner.