Organizations protest the Governor's education reform proposals.
While many would like to see an improvement in education, some say Governor Tom Corbett's ideas are not the ones to follow. Save Pennsylvania Schools and Education Matter members stood outside Lincoln Charter School Tuesday, signs in hand, protesting the Governor's proposed plans.
"I think if Governor Corbett really cared about education, he would care about educating all children and fixing the public schools that educate all children and not picking a few who get to go to special schools and leaving the rest behind," said Susan Spicka, Education Matters.
Protesters told Fox 43 with the state governing charter schools, local input from parents won't be heard.
Governor Tom Corbett today outlined his agenda for education reform in Pennsylvania.
"We are set to start work on one of the most important jobs state government can do,'' Corbett said, and that is to rearrange our priorities when it comes to education.
"It needs to be: child, parent, teacher and just in that order,'' Corbett said, speaking at the Lincoln Charter School in York.
Joined by Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis and several legislative leaders in education, Corbett listed his top four priorities for school reform in Pennsylvania including: opportunity scholarships, expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credits program, improved charter school quality and accountability, and more robust and comprehensive educator evaluations.
"We can't guarantee their success, but we owe all students a fighting chance,'' Corbett said. "We're talking about our children and we owe it to them to reform the system.''
Corbett said his staff worked with legislators over the summer to negotiate reform proposals, receiving support on both sides of the aisle in the General Assembly, but also among constituent groups and communities across Pennsylvania.
These changes, Corbett said, are designed to foster competition in all schools and increase our students' overall achievement.
Investing in a better educational path for students in at-risk situations will ultimately benefit all Pennsylvanians by potentially reducing future costs in corrections and welfare.
"These are not all new ideas,'' Corbett added. "Similar programs for education reforms have already been adopted in other states across the nation.''
The four proposals include:
Opportunity scholarships will provide a choice in education and will rescue children from failing schools. It's also an efficient use of taxpayer dollars by targeting funding toward the student, where it will have the greatest impact, rather than providing more money to institutions that have consistently produced poor academic results.
Students deserve access to educational opportunities that work for them and their learning needs. Pennsylvania has many great schools, but not every school works for every child.