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PA Department of Education Celebrates Educators at Manheim Central School District

10/07/2022

Manheim, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Executive Deputy Secretary Dr. Debora Carrera today visited an all-staff in-service day at Manheim Central Middle School to thank educators for their dedication and commitment to students and to talk about the initiative to bolster the commonwealth’s teacher workforce.

“Pennsylvania’s educators are the cornerstones of their communities — preparing learners of all ages to leave school with the knowledge and skills they need to enter fulfilling, family-sustaining careers,” said Dr. Carrera. “The past few years haven’t been easy for our teachers and students, and it’s important for us to show them the gratitude and appreciation they deserve. If you see a teacher, thank them, because it’s their efforts that will create the next generation of professionals across the commonwealth.”

Throughout the past decade there has been a significant decline in teacher retention rates as well as the number of new educators entering the field. Not only are teacher retention rates declining, but a decade ago roughly 20,000 new teachers entered the workforce in Pennsylvania, while last year only 6,000 new teachers entered the workforce. In July, in an effort to recruit and retain more educators across the commonwealth, the Wolf Administration unveiled the Pennsylvania Educator Workforce Strategy.

Pennsylvania’s educator workforce plays a critical role in the commonwealth’s economy and helps prepare young learners to participate in and lead our communities, governments, businesses, and families in the future. The Pennsylvania Educator Workforce Strategy builds on the Wolf Administrations efforts and successes over the past eight years to ensure that learners of all ages have access to a world-class education system.

Since 2015, the Wolf Administration has increased education funding by more than $3.7 billion. In his most recent budget, Governor Tom Wolf solidified his commitment to education at all levels with a historic $1.8 billion investment increase. This budget prioritizes resources for Pennsylvanians and helps provide students with the resources they need to be successful.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website. Follow PDE on FacebookTwitterYouTube, or Pinterest.

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