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Friday, November 1, 2013

John Hanger- use $45 million state school funding to rehire public school staff

John Hanger- use $45 million state school funding to rehire public school staff
John Hanger

None of money Corbett released after death of student should go to charters

Harrisburg – John Hanger today called on the Philadelphia City Council to use the $45 million Governor Corbett released after the death of a student suffering from an asthma attack to rehire teachers and support staff at neighborhood public schools. You can view John’s statement on video here.

“After a student died from an asthma attack during school when there was no school nurse available to administer first aid, it should be crystal clear to everyone what the priority for spending this money should be,” said Hanger. “It is critical to the safety and the quality of education in Philadelphia public schools to get teachers and support staff back at work at neighborhood public schools.”

“None of this funding should be siphoned off to support the charter schools, whose budgets were not affected by the Philadelphia school funding crisis,” said Hanger. “The cyber charters, none of which get passing grades in the new state report card, already waste $60 million of the Philadelphia school budget. They should not get another cent.”

Hanger also said that he believes that charter schools that deliver a good education provide viable alternatives to traditional public schools for some students.

Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania John Hanger is widely regarded as one of the most insightful and best informed progressive public policy experts in the state. Formerly a public-interest lawyer advocating on behalf of low-income families, John is nationally recognized as a leading authority on clean energy development and environmental protection. He served both Governors Casey and Rendell in key positions: first for Bob Casey as Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission, where he successfully fought to cap electric rates to save Pennsylvania ratepayers billions and for two years as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in the Rendell Administration. Throughout his career in public service, John has embodied the essence of his campaign slogan "Policy first, politics second."


Anonymous said...

First of all my heart go's out to the family of this child. Now why wasn't a nurse there? And second every teacher is required by the state to be able to perform first aid. Why wasn't this done ? And at last throwing money at it does not fix it!

Anonymous said...

No. Wrong answer Hangor. Use the $45 million to start paying off the un-funded $40 billion dollar Teacher and State Employee pensions that have been promised. Makes me sick to see these politicians use a tragic accident of a young person to strengthen thier political agenda. Another spend it all tax it to the max liberal dumocrat.

Smokin Joe said...

To 12:44,

The Philly school funding crisis is largely due to liberal economic ideology failing miserably as it tends to do. People who foot the bill will simply move or revolt. So, you're left with people who refuse to foot the bill. Hence the Philly school crisis. Now you have a bunch of people depending on a nanny state to bail them out. So, erroneously, the government gives Philly an educational stimulus, where Harvard-educated, but staunch Democrat, Arlene Ackerman squanders the money. She is "forced" to resign but only after receiving a $900,000 dollar severance. The school's reopen but with no money to hire adequate staff. (Hope that answers your question about the nurse.) Mr. Hanger would have you believe that he's better than Corbett. Why? He would have used taxpayer money to fund schools where the local inhabitants like government assistance versus a 40hr a week job. Local politicians would rather use taxpayer money intended for students...for social agendas or politically correct experiments. Of course, of course...we taxpayers should think about the children. We shouldn't think about what to do with the welfare fraud and frivolous spending of politicians...just the children.