Tom Corbett released his latest television ad this week and it should come as no surprise that Corbett decided to disregard the facts and simply use distorted claims. Corbett’s past ads were described as “misleading,” “inconsistent,” and offered “no proof.” A quick look at his latest claims show that they simply do not hold up to any scrutiny.
Claim: “He’s increased spending in the education department to $1.5 billion over what it was when he came into office.”
Fact: Tom Corbett cut education by $1 billion. His cuts led to 20,000 educator lay-offs, 70 percent of school districts increased class sizes, and schools across the Commonwealth were forced to cut crucial extracurricular programs. Corbett’s cuts to education will have repercussions for Pennsylvania’s children and future workforce for years to come.
Claim: “We’re also one of the top states in the country for what we spend per pupil on education.”
Fact: Information regarding per pupil spending from the Census, the standard for education statistics used by the National Center of Education Statistics, only goes back to the 2010-2011 school year, which is the last Governor Ed Rendell budget. Simply put, the data to determine state rankings of per pupil spending is not yet complete for the period of time after Corbett took office. Even an estimate from the National Education Association for the 2013-2014 school year doesn’t have Pennsylvania ranking in the top 10 states in per pupil spending.
April 04, 2014 at 04:59PM · 0 notes