Pennsylvania’s public schools are under attack

To the editor:

Should the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development be involved in funding and policymaking decisions for education? No! That’s why the state has an education department.

However, the DCED currently administers two state education programs with a total of $210 million in public tax credits available for businesses that make scholarship donations to private and religious schools and to businesses that make donations to organizations that operate preschool, after-school and other related programs.

Can taxpayers expect public schools to do a better job when $210 million in the present Pennsylvania state budget is earmarked for private use? No!

Unfortunately, what’s happening right now brings back nightmares of the funding cuts to the poorer and smaller rural public schools in the first year of the Corbett administration.

Isn’t it obvious? Pennsylvania’s public schools are being attacked.

David L. Faust