SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Discuss the Impact of Education Funding Increases in Philadelphia during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tour First Lady Frances Wolf, Press Release, Schools That Teach, Severance Tax Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today continued their “Schools That Teach” tour in Philadelphia, where they heard from teachers and administrators in the Philadelphia School District about the district’s plans to ensure that education funding from the governor’s 2015-16 budget goes directly into the classroom.“Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom in the country in state funding for K through 12 education and my proposed budget makes historic investments at all levels – early childhood education through higher education,” said Governor Wolf. “After years of funding cuts that resulted in the loss of educators, increased class sizes, and cuts to valuable programs, I want to ensure that the new funding in my budget reaches the classroom and directly impacts student achievement. Focusing on education will allow us to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.”Governor Wolf’s budget proposal restores massive cuts made over the last four years, with a commitment to increase school funding by $2 billion over four years by instituting a commonsense severance tax on oil and natural gas. Governor Wolf’s proposal, called the Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, is expected to generate over a billion dollars by 2017 by enacting a reasonable 5% severance tax plus 4.7 cents per thousand feet of volume on natural gas extraction.In a roundtable discussion at William H. Hunter Elementary School, the governor and first lady heard from school leaders and stakeholders about their plans to offer advanced courses and STEM-focused programs to prepare students for higher education, as well as to provide assistance through professional development, college and career counseling, and technical education to ensure smooth transitions into the workforce. The district also hopes to provide personalized help and community partnerships to assist struggling students and their families, as well as restore enrichment programs like music, arts, world languages, and library services.“This is an important opportunity for districts to have comprehensive conversations about how to invest this funding on proven resources and programs that will improve student learning,” Governor Wolf said. “What is being proposed here in Philadelphia is a prime example of a plan that will ensure this historic education investment reaches the classroom while providing clear benchmarks to measure the results of student achievement.”“You can see what happens when children have access to opportunities. We need Governor Wolf’s funding to open up those opportunities in Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite. “Here in our district, we are asking each school to tell us how they’d use the additional funding in the governor’s budget to their unique needs. We look forward to working with the governor to deliver resources that Philadelphia desperately needs.”In March, Department of Education Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera sent a letter to superintendents in all 500 districts detailing accountability measures to ensure the education funding proposed in Governor Wolf’s 2015-2016 budget is spent directly on students in the classroom to allow them to compete in a modern economy. In the letter, Acting Secretary Rivera called on districts to submit plans to ensure this new investment reaches the classroom and to measure results for Pennsylvania’s students. As of yesterday, 92 percent of Pennsylvania school districts across the commonwealth submitted funding impact plans to the state Department of Education, outlining how the governor’s proposed $400 million basic education funding increase will be invested directly in classrooms.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # May 29, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS ?It?s starting to happen.Slowly and steadily ? literally and figuratively ? Trevon Hughes is maturing as the point guard and floor general of the Wisconsin basketball team.By harnessing his natural quickness and playing with more control, Hughes is evolving as a player.The returns, at least Sunday against the pressure defense of Minnesota, were impressive.Hughes led all players in scoring with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting, pulled down three rebounds and nabbed a career-high six steals.His play Sunday built on another solid game the last time out when he matched Indiana?s celebrated freshman Eric Gordon in points, assists and steals.That Hughes struggled at times earlier this season was not of much concern to Ryan and the coaching staff. Taking his lumps early would yield dividends later in the year, they argued.?He?s much better now than he was at the early in the year, but that?s what we figured,? UW head coach Bo Ryan said. ?We figured early in the year that he was going to be tested in some areas by some teams and then tested in the conference.?Trevon?s improved.?That improvement was evident on both ends of the court. Whether it was by using his quickness to slice through the Gophers? defense to get to the hoop or penetrate and find an open shooter on the perimeter, Hughes was the catalyst for UW offensively.Defensively, the sophomore made things difficult for Minnesota, disrupting passing lanes with quick hands.?(With) his steals he?s been in a little better position. ? He?s not taking himself out of position as much, not reaching as much, so he?s not sitting on the bench for as many minutes,? Ryan said. ?Offensively, better decisions, better control. Still, there?s some turnovers there that we need to discuss on the path to getting better.?As much as his play may be improving, Hughes says he hasn?t been doing much differently.?I always play the same way,? Hughes said. ?I wouldn?t say it?s more confident, I?d just say I?m relying on my team more.?When Hughes is making smart decisions and running the offense like he was for the most part Sunday, the Wisconsin offense is able to operate efficiently. In the first half against Minnesota, Wisconsin?s offensive efficiency was just below 1.40 points per possession. For the game, UW was above its target mark of 1.0.?It helps everything,? forward Brian Butch said. ?This offense is a point-guard offense. You can see the success point guards have had in this offense. At this level, that?s what it is. If you have a good point guard, you?re going to be a good team.?While the flashy plays ? the behind-the-back pass to a cutting Michael Flowers against Indiana, as an example ? may land him on the highlight shows, Hughes? teammates know the less noticed aspects of his play are just as important as any others.?We need him to do all those little things that he does for us, not just scoring but? getting the steals, creating for other people,? forward Jon Leuer said. ?He?s just really turning into a great point guard.?Faces in the crowdWisconsin signees and Minnesota natives Jared Berggren and Jordan Taylor were in attendance for Sunday?s game. The two are half of Ryan?s ?08 recruiting class that will enter school next year.Carl Landry, brother of UW?s Marcus Landry and former Purdue forward, was at the game as well. Landry, a member of the NBA?s Houston Rockets, was in Minneapolis for the Rockets? game Monday against the Timberwolves.