PSEA praises Governor Rendell’s appointment of Tom Gluck as Education Secretary
The nomination of Tom Gluck, Executive Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as the next state Secretary of Education, is a wise decision, according to PSEA President Jim Testerman.
Testerman praised the Gov. Ed Rendell’s selection of Gluck to become the top-ranking education official in state government.
“I’m pleased that Governor Rendell has selected an experienced official like Tom Gluck, who has worked closely with outgoing Secretary Gerald Zahorchak to advance the administration’s education policies,” said Testerman. “PSEA’s members, leadership and staff had a good working relationship with Secretary Zahorchak, and we look forward to working closely with Tom Gluck in his new role.”
Secretary Zahorchak is stepping down to become superintendent of the Allentown School District.
“The Secretary of Education faces some important challenges today,” said Testerman. “Pennsylvania is working to re-apply for federal grant funding for education reform, as the next phase of Race to the Top applications begins this June. The Keystone State also needs a strong voice as Congress considers reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, previously known as No Child Left Behind.
“Pennsylvania is also in the third year of a six-year effort to fairly and adequately fund education to meet the academic needs of all students, and close funding gaps by 2013-14,” Testerman said. “The Commonwealth needs to continue its investment in public schools to help recover from a painful economic recession, and to remain strong in the future.”
“Pennsylvanians should be proud that even in the current difficult financial situation, our policymakers have consistently prioritized the needs of students and public education,” said Testerman. “That commitment is paying off – our students recorded gains in all academic categories from 2002-08 and show continued improvement. More students are participating in Advanced Placement courses, and more students are going to college than ever before.”
PSEA supports research-proven school reforms as outlined in the Association’s guide: The Power of a Great Education: PSEA’s 20/20 Vision for the Future, available online at www.psea.org/vision.