The Daily Item
This is American Education Week. For me, this is a time to remember just how important public schools are to all of us. In Pennsylvania, most of us get our education in public schools. Our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews and friends all go there.
During American Education Week, it’s worth asking ourselves a few questions: What would we do without public schools? Where would we be without them? How would our children succeed without a great public education? Every day, I see the power that a great public education gives to our students. I see it as my students learn, as they grow, and as they move from grade to grade on a journey to becoming responsible citizens, respected professionals, and leaders in their communities.
Sadly, many of Pennsylvania’s schools look different than they did a few years ago. Nearly $1 billion in school funding cuts have forced school districts to cut teachers, support staff, classes, and valuable academic programs that our students need.
For Pennsylvania’s economy to succeed, public education funding cuts have to stop. Teachers and support staff value our communities where we live, teach, work, volunteer, and worship. We understand the economic challenges of the region. We want be part of the process that helps create economic development and growth. Investing in education in order to help our children have new opportunities and succeed in life should be a goal for everyone. Economic realities are changing and the key to success is a world class public education.
Jeff Ney, teacher and President
Pennsylvania State Education Assoc.,