Jun. 10, 2024

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) issued the following statement on the House Democrats’ legislation on basic education funding:

“The House Democrats’ basic education funding plan does nothing but double down on a failing education system that represents the inability of state and local leaders to prioritize outcomes-based learning and bring the needed transformational change to deliver on classroom success, which would truly provide for a student-first and family-focused system of education.

“While putting a massive burden on taxpayers, this legislation provides no accountability and no meaningful measures of success in a system that has taken increased funding year after year, but continually produced declining test scores and students unprepared to further their education or begin careers.

“On top of that, this proposal takes aim at Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools to a degree that it would likely eliminate a meaningful school choice option that has proven successful for many Pennsylvania students and families, particularly those facing difficult situations or that need flexibility to find success.

“House Republicans have stood behind increasing basic education funding in every budget cycle. However, while this proposal may pass the House today, we all know the hard work of making the transformative change in education still awaits us. When that time comes House Republicans will continue our work in bringing true equity, accountability and meaningful achievement to all Pennsylvania schools and – most importantly – our students.”


Rep. Bryan Cutler
Republican Leader
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

 Cutler: Democrats’ Education Funding Plan Lacks Accountability, Hurts Choice Options