Quality education with a promise
Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus Jan 26, 2018
A key component of the Plan4PA is the promise of a quality education. According to a report by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom of several categories that measure higher education achievement.
Pennsylvania is 50th in the nation when it comes to the amount of debt at graduation because of the state’s high tuition fees.
Pennsylvania ranks 40th in the number of adults 25-64 with an education above high school.
In over half of Pennsylvania counties (35), the share of adults with more than a high-school degree is lower than in any of the 50 states.
This is all due to the fact the Republican controlled Legislature in Pennsylvania has continually disinvested in higher education in the last 30 years. This lack of funding for higher learning, which places our per capita spending for higher education at 47 out of 50 states, leads to lower wages and incomes, and slower economic growth. This type of action has led the Wall Street Journal to label rural America the “new inner city,” as economic growth declines and crime increases.
How do we fix this problem? We fix it with our People First #Plan4PA and ideas that come from those who share its values. The PA House Democrats support the Center’s Pennsylvania Promise, a proposal that would invest $1 billion to:
Cover two years of tuition and fees for any recent high school graduate enrolled full time at one of the Commonwealth’s 14 public community colleges;
Cover four years of tuition and fees for any recent high school graduate with a family income less than or equal to $100,000 per year and accepted into one of the 14 universities in the State System of Higher Education;
Provide four years of grants ranging from $2,000 up to $11,000, depending on income, for students accepted into a state-related university, and;
Provide free college tuition and fees for adults without a college degree, with priority going to those seeking in-demand skills and industry-recognized credentials, as well as college credit.
Let’s get this done. We must provide for the future of the state.