Pennsylvania’s largest teachers union wants lawmakers to increase public-school funding through charging more fees for gas drilling and by imposing new taxes.
The Pennsylvania State Education Association, in its “Sounding the Alarm” report, says years of poor funding and the recent recession have put the state’s schools in financial trouble, reports the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed state budget this year requires school districts to raise taxes or cut programs and jobs. But the teachers union says Corbett’s plan cuts education funding as well, because it does not include grants to pay for full-day kindergarten and other early-childhood programs.
“The governor just refuses to look at revenue that’s sitting out there to fund our schools,” union President Michael Crossey said. “We know last year that the governor refused to look at anything but cuts. We think that’s unconscionable. He’s doing the same thing this year.”