Schools on the Chopping Block

PASSHE chancellor warns legislature, some schools could soon be broke

PASSHE chancellor warns legislature, some schools could soon be broke

The chancellor has been hinting for some time now that some campuses may “need” to be closed. Cheney, Mansfield, Clarion, and Edinboro have all been named in this connection. If any of these dire warnings should come to pass, towns like Clarion will simply blow away.

In our district, Donna Oberlander and Scott Hutchinson have done little to stop the damage caused by a decade of strangulation-by-budget, nor have Rep. Thompson and Sen. Toomey. In fact, none of our Republican lawmakers have been seen anywhere near the front lines trying to defend higher education in this state—and the same goes for our area elementary and secondary schools, which are struggling helplessly as well.

What you can do about it is call your state representatives, frequently, to let them know that the fate of our schools and students is in their hands and on their heads. Feeding industry by starving students is not the way of great nations.