In the letter, Rivera urged DeVos to consider how the proposed cuts would impact students and schools, citing the need to protect Pennsylvania's investment in its schools and students. Since taking office, Gov. Wolf has demonstrated a commitment to public education, securing an historic $640 million in additional funding and enacting a bipartisan fair funding formula to drive resources equitably to all schools.
"As a former principal and superintendent and now as the Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania, I know all too well how these proposed cuts would undermine our most vulnerable students and communities, eliminating afterschool programs, creating crowded classrooms, and removing access to evidence-based literacy programs," Rivera said. "I join with Governor Wolf in asking you to do everything in your power to put Pennsylvania's students first, and reverse course on the proposed cuts to these vital programs."
The full text of the letter is available on PDE's website.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education