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NEA: Election of Tom Wolf is victory for Pennsylvania’s students and families

Keystone State voters soundly reject Gov. Tom Corbett’s bad policies, misguided priorities, and divisive politics

WASHINGTON - November 04, 2014 -

Voters in Pennsylvania today elected Tom Wolf as their next governor and ousted Republican incumbent Tom Corbett, who was one of several high-profile Republican governors elected in 2010. Corbett became the first incumbent governor to have failed to win reelection in the state since 1978.

Education was front and center in this race. Corbett was consistently forced to defend his decision to cut $1 billion from the state’s public education budget. Pennsylvania educators also forced Corbett to explain to parents and communities why he made harmful decisions that led to larger class sizes, higher college tuition costs for aspiring students, and shifted public dollars away from public education to pay for private school vouchers.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

"We congratulate Governor-elect Tom Wolf on his election. This is a welcome victory for students, educators, and the working families of Pennsylvania.

"This election was a referendum on the bad policies, misguided priorities, and divisive politics of Gov. Tom Corbett. Tonight, the voters of Pennsylvania spoke loudly and unequivocally: Now is the time to close the chapter on the Corbett administration.

"In the middle of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, voters elected Corbett to work together with elected officials to steer the Keystone State to fiscal strength, create jobs, and help restore the American dream for struggling working families.

"Instead of listening to the will of the voters, Corbett ignored that mandate. He went after students and educators, gutting public school funding by more than $1 billion. Those K-12 cuts were deepest in Pennsylvania’s 50 poorest districts, where the average funding cut was four times greater than in the state’s wealthiest districts. His bad policies and wrong choices caught up with him, and the voters tonight soundly rejected his approach to governing.

"Gov.-elect Wolf understands that the road to economic prosperity runs directly through our public schools. Educators stand ready to work with Gov.-elect Wolf to maximize the achievement, skills, opportunities, and potential of all students, to make sure they are prepared to become creative and productive citizens in our democratic society and diverse world. We are ready to put students and families ahead of partisan politics and move Pennsylvania forward."

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The National Education Association ( is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

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