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Senator Hughes An informational update for you!

This publication is your opportunity to receive regular updates on the work and the issues that I have been involved with, both in Harrisburg and throughout our community.

Please visit my website, where you will find a comprehensive overview of our work, various phone numbers and contact information to assist you in solving problems, opportunities to volunteer and assist us in our programs and opportunities to give your feedback.

classroomTest Scores Fall Because of Education Funding Cuts


The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently released statewide test results designed to assess the academic performance of students in K-12 schools. These tests, know as Keystone Exams, are supposed to provide an annual snapshot of student comprehension of math, science, reading, and other academic areas.

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The charts below show how the scores statewide have declined over the past few years. This should come as no surprise. The current Governor has reduced funding for public education by nearly $1 billion since taking office. The second chart below shows how these cuts year-by-year.

These cuts have had a devastating impact on our schools, including reductions in critical programs inside our classrooms and 20,000 layoffs for school employees. The cuts to public education are the reason that academic performance has declined so dramatically.

Please share this e-mail with your friends, family, and co-workers. We need to make sure that everyone understands how the education cuts are impacting our children and the future of our Commonwealth.


State Senator Vincent Hughes

Classroom Funding Reductions Total Classroom Funding

Advanced/Proficient Reading Advanced/Proficient Math
Advanced/Proficient Reading Advanced/Proficient Reading Advanced/Proficient Math Advanced/Proficient Math


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Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579