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With Pennsylvania at a Crossroads, Governor Wolf Announces Proposed Early Education Investment

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter With Pennsylvania at a Crossroads, Governor Wolf Announces Proposed Early Education Investment Budget News,  Education,  Schools That Teach Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera to announce the proposed early education funding levels for the 2016-17 budget. Pennsylvania stands at a crossroads, and Governor Wolf is proposing a clear path for a promising future in the commonwealth. The governor’s proposal includes a $60 million increase in high-quality early childhood education. This funding increase builds upon a $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 additional children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.“We have a choice in Pennsylvania. We must choose a path that funds our schools, eliminates our deficit, and puts Pennsylvania back on track,” said Governor Wolf. “I believe that Pennsylvania should be among the many states that provide universal pre-kindergarten for children and I will work to make this a reality.”Governor Wolf has made clear his strong commitment to education in Pennsylvania by fighting to restore critical education funding cuts, provide unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, and ensure students are college and career ready. The governor continues to advocate for increased funding for Pennsylvania schools to deliver high-quality education to every student across the state, regardless of zip code.In 2003, Pennsylvania joined the ranks of states that offer full-day pre-kindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds. Currently, only 30 percent of Pennsylvania children in families earning up to three times the federal poverty level are enrolled in high-quality pre-k programs. Studies show that children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten perform better in school, graduate at higher rates, and earn more throughout their working lives compared to peers that do not have access to early learning programs. Additionally, children who were previously enrolled in Pre-K Counts outperform their economically disadvantaged peers in third-grade math and reading.“Access to high-quality early childhood education is critical to students and families, but also to the future of Pennsylvania,” Secretary Rivera said. “Governor Wolf’s leadership in expanding access to these proven programs will have sustained, positive impacts on the commonwealth’s families, schools, workforce, and economy.”“I thank Governor Wolf for his leadership on this important issue,” said Mayor Kenney. “Pre-K is the single most important and cost-effective investment we can make in our city and our state’s future, impacting our schools, our public safety and our economic development. In conjunction with our local efforts on pre-k, this investment from the state would break the cycle of poverty for thousands of families.”This 2016-17 investment is contingent upon lawmakers passing the bipartisan budget compromise bill that proved elusive last December. The upcoming budget provides a spending plan for 2016-17 that builds upon that agreement. Failing to enact this compromise will put Pennsylvania on yet another path that abandons all bipartisanship, causing our schools to lose an additional $1 billion that would double the amount cut from education under the previous administration.“It is time for us to finish the job and restore Pennsylvania’s shaken faith in their government,” said Governor Wolf. “It is time to fund our schools. It is time to face financial reality. It is time to give Pennsylvania the bright future it deserves.”Governor Wolf will deliver his 2016-17 budget address on February 9 at 11:30 a.m. A livestream of the budget address will be available here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/live/Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img February 04, 2016last_img read more

Brandt Snedeker holds clubhouse lead at weather-hit Torey Pines

first_imgBrandt Snedeker defied the poor weather to claim the clubhouse lead in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torey Pines which was carried over until Monday. Press Association Snedeker shot a three under par 69 despite raging wind and occasional rain in California as the weather finally forced some players into a Monday return to action. Snedeker claimed the clubhouse lead on six under but that was still one behind fellow American Jimmy Walker who was seven under with eight holes of his final round still to play when the weather forced a halt to proceedings for the day on Sunday. center_img Snedeker admitted he did not expect to play the course in three under par considering the conditions. He said: “Luckily my attitude was fantastic all day. I wasn’t playing great but I made a couple of putts around the turn and that kind of got me going. “It was one of those special days. I don’t think I could go out there and recreate it and do it again. I’m really glad I did it and glad it’s over with.” Asked about his prospects of holding on to the lead on Monday, Snedeker told the PGA Tour website: “I’ve had crazy stuff happen here before so hopefully I can have it happen again.” Snedeker is the only player in contention who has finished his final round and is joined on six under by South Korea’s KJ Choi who still has 10 holes to play. American Kevin Streelman and Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson are on five under, one stroke ahead of American JB Holmes. Scotland’s Martin Laird is on two under with five to play. Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne are on even and one over respectively, with England’s Greg Owen having finished on six over. last_img read more