Instead of taxing fracking like every other state, Tom Corbett thinks it’s a better idea to do this stuff:
With a 6-2 vote before a sparse crowd, the Bethlehem Area School Board gave its final blessing Monday to eliminate 175 jobs, slash about 40 high school electives, pare down preschool offerings and end full-day kindergarten next school year…
Of the 175 jobs being cut, 96 are teachers.
Both Liberty and Freedom high schools would lose about 20 electives each. The electives would be cut if they do not have a minimum of 20 students enrolled. At Freedom, some of those lost electives include philosophy and literature, Poetry II and Advanced Placement environmental science. Liberty’s lost electives also include similarly titled English and science courses.
Other cost-cutting measures include eliminating a dozen full-day kindergarten classes, slashing in half the SPARK preschool, shuttering most family centers, ending tutoring, increasing student-to-guidance counselor ratios, canceling elementary and middle school intramural sports, and not buying new buses.
Clearly it’s more “Un-American” to tax extractive industries than to end full-day Kindergarten and pre-school programs.
People should also be aware that PA’s budget surplus may be as much as $300 million, making these cuts largely unnecessary. The majority Republicans are making a political choice to cut education. Nothing is forcing them to do it this way.