Over the last two years, Pennsylvania has seen the Governor Corbett and other Republicans decimate public education which has caused to increase property taxes. Public schools have had to cut budgets, increase classroom sizes, layoff of over 15 thousands teachers and aides, and cut important programs for children with learning disabilities. Pennsylvania's public universities will see over an 8% increase in tuition fees due to the education budget cuts. The rise in tuition costs will force students to borrow more loans setting up graduates with mass amounts of debt. With these sacrifices to their finances, this will discourage our children from attending college at all. College education should be available at an affordable cost.
I will fight against the privatization of education. Studies have shown that charter schools perform no better than public schools. Privatized charter schools will drain much needed funding away from public education creating a deeper burden for our students. Charter schools are not subjected to the same public oversight as our public schools. This means your tax dollars are being spent with no public accountability and regulation.