Harrisburg, PA - State Education Secretary Pedro Rivera today visited Philipsburg-Osceola Middle School in Clearfield County as part of the Wolf Administration’s Schools That Teach tour, joining school officials for a roundtable discussion of education policy issues before touring the district to meet teachers and students.
“The Schools That Teach tour enables me to visit districts and hear directly from educators and students to better understand their needs and to see first-hand the great work they are doing in schools like Philipsburg-Osceola,” said Secretary Rivera. “Since taking office, Governor Wolf has made education his top priority, and these visits give me an opportunity to inform policy and share how his initiatives are impacting the preparation of students to be college, career and community ready.”
During the visit, Rivera highlighted the Wolf Administration’s investments in public education, provided an update on the Future Ready PA Index, and discussed the PAsmart initiative that invests in computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to improve workforce alignment.
The governor has secured $70 million for PAsmart over two years, including $40 million for STEM and computer science education and $30 million for job training.
Last year, the district received a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted Grant to expand computer science classes at its middle and high schools. It was one of 221 districts, two career and technical centers, 18 charter and cyber charter schools, and 8 intermediate units to benefit from nearly $10 million in grant funding. An additional $10 million in grants of up to $500,000 were awarded to 24 schools and community partnerships to enhance STEM learning.
The department will soon accept applications for $20 million in PAsmart grants that will be awarded this school year.
Through the Schools That Teach Initiative Rivera and other Wolf Administration leaders have visited hundreds of schools and engaged with thousands of educators and students since 2015.
View a Google map of all tour stops.
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