Education Secretary Pedro Rivera made a stop on the Wolf Administration’s Schools That Teach tour, visiting the Pocono Mountain School District in Monroe County to speak with students, teachers, and administrators as they begin the second half of the school year.
During the visit, Rivera stopped in classrooms to meet with students in kindergarten through third grade. With teachers and administrators, he also discussed educational initiatives being implemented by the Wolf Administration, including the recently launched Future Ready PA Index, Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative that invests in computer science and STEM to improve workforce alignment, and advancing equity to educational programs across the state.
“Pennsylvania schools have diverse populations and diverse needs,” Rivera said. “However, districts and schools across the Commonwealth share the goal of helping students thrive and in preparing them for college, career, and community readiness. The Department of Education aims to support our schools and educators in achieving that important mission.”
Over the past four years, the commonwealth has restored school funding that was cut during the previous administration that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts. During that time, the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten has increased by 60 percent, the high school graduation rate rose to above the national average, and 32 percent more career and technical education students are earning industry-recognized credentials.
Through the Schools That Teach Initiative, Wolf Administration officials from multiple agencies have visited dozens of schools across the state since 2015. A Google Map of all tour stops is available here.