Investing In Education
Sharif understands that access to quality education is the key to raising strong families and a building a prosperous Pennsylvania. Sharif is fighting for state of the art educational opportunities across the Commonwealth, from fairly funded public schools, to world class higher education institutions with focused career and technical training.
FULLY FUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITHOUT PITTING SCHOOL DISTRICTS AGAINST OTHERS
We must lessen the burden of school property taxes on many suburban communities throughout the commonwealth by generating new revenues and requiring the state to invest their fair share into Pennsylvania’s education budget. Sharif believes that all Pennsylvania school districts should be funded through the fair funding formula so that all of Pennsylvania’s kids receive a quality education.
RESTORE CHARTER SCHOOL REIMBURSEMENT
Sharif is proud to have helped Governor Wolf restore over $1 Billion in cuts to education made by the previous Administration. However, one cut that we have yet to restore is the “Charter School Reimbursement.” This is funding a school district would receive to compensate for loss of funding due to the opening of a charter school within that district. This cut has hurt many cities across Pennsylvania that have seen a growth in Charter Schools. Sharif is fighting to restore the Charter School Reimbursement to help those school districts.
FOCUS ON CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
We must focus more on teaching skills that are needed in the job market by investing in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that reach across K–12 education into postsecondary education and workforce training. They should cover everything from early career exploration to highly technical training and encompass a breadth of high demand careers, including Health sciences, Finance, Engineering, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Government, Agriculture, Construction, and the Arts. Sharif believes that we need to fundamentally change the types of educational opportunities we provide our young people.
REDUCE STUDENT DEBT
The price of a college education has become out of reach for most people, and has forced young people to take on massive amounts of debt to finish their education. Sharif supports the PA Promise bill that will provide a free education at one of Pennsylvania’s commonwealth-owned/related or community colleges for students with a family income of $110,000 or less.