Rendell blasts Corbett’s education funding cuts

A Former Pennsylvania governor has some words for his successor on education budget cuts.

Governor Ed Rendell said he believes it’s wrong to cut early childhood education funding in Pennsylvania because of the tight budget.

“It’s a disaster for Pennsylvania. We’ve made such great educational progress in the last eight years because we funded pre-Kindergarten, because we funded full day Kindergarten because we funded tutoring programs afterschool.”

Rendell said because revenue figures are better than expected, Governor Corbett should shift that money into the education budget.

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“The economy’s coming back,” he said. “We’re producing a surplus. That money shouldn’t go into a rainy day fund.”

Instead, the money should be used to stave of the educational cuts, he said. 

Rendell said he doesn’t think the cuts are anything personal, even though increasing funding for education was the center of his campaign platform.

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