Scavello Pushes for Adequate Early Childhood Education Funding
HARRISBURG – Realizing the greatest investment Pennsylvania can make is in its youth, Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) today joined lawmakers on the Early Childhood Education Caucus to discuss the importance of early childhood education and the need for the state to adequately fund those programs.
“The first five years of a child’s life are crucial. They are the foundation that shapes children’s future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general,” said Scavello, who serves as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Education.
The bipartisan Early Education Caucus is made up of 102 legislators from both chambers of the state General Assembly.
Scavello is no stranger to leading the push for sufficient state education funding, as he, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Pike/Monroe) and several other state lawmakers from fast-growing counties plan to soon file a lawsuit to overturn the state’s education funding formula that has penalized Monroe County’s fast-growing school districts for the past two decades.
Fast-growing school districts across the state, like those in Monroe County, rank at or near the bottom in per-pupil aid statewide because a 1991 “hold harmless” provision guarantees no district in the state will ever receive less total funding, even if student population declines.
“Now is the time to put all public school districts on a level playing field when it comes to education funding,” said Scavello. “Learning has a higher rate of return than almost any other public investment we can make, with up to $16 for every $1 spent.”
For more information regarding Scavello’s stance on education funding in Pennsylvania, including video clips from his recent education-related press conferences and events, visit his website at RepScavello.com
State Representative Mario Scavello
176th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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