PA Gov. Tom Corbett Voices Commitment to Education During OU Advocacy Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Speaking before a crowd of Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders from across the state who convened for the second of OU Advocacy-PA’s gubernatorial candidate forums, Governor Tom Corbett discussed his positions on the economy, the state of Pennsylvania’s education system and the future of the state.

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett addresses a crowd of Jewish community, synagogue, and day school leaders.

Gov. Corbett said that during the past three years, the state has been “rebuilding the foundation for education” by developing a new teacher grading system to incentivize teachers to do well, creating a school profile and school report cards in which schools get graded, and encouraging top schools to partner with failing schools in order to mentor lower-performing schools.

“The number one item we invest in is education—more than 40 percent of the budget,” said Gov. Corbett.

“Gov. Corbett has been a true friend for non-public schools. Not only did he invest $25 million into the Education Investment Tax Credit program, $50 million into the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program and $8 million into school safety, but he ensured that non-public schools were included in all these initiatives so that every child could have these options and also be in a safe learning environment,” said Karen Barall, OU Advocacy’s Mid-Atlantic Director.

“We thank Gov. Corbett for attending our legislative forum and for speaking so candidly with the Jewish community. OU Advocacy is committed to offering opportunities for the Jewish community to meet with candidates and hear about their positions so that they can make educated decisions during the primaries and the November elections,” said Michelle Twersky, Associate Regional Director of OU Advocacy-PA.


Pictures (l to r): Roslyn Singer, OU Advocacy Director of Communications; Maury Litwack, OU Advocacy State Director of Political Affairs; Bob Lipstein, event host; Michelle Twersky, OU Advocacy-PA Associate Regional Director; Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett; Karen Barall, OU Advocacy Mid-Atlantic Director; Devorah Goldman, OU Advocacy Legislative Fellow; Francine Lipstein, event host.

To read the OU Advocacy-PA 2014 Gubernatorial Voter Guide, click here.


The Orthodox Union is the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization; the OU Advocacy Center, formerly the Institute for Public Affairs, is the non-partisan public policy arm of the OU and leads its advocacy efforts in Washington, DC and state capitals. OU Advocacy is committed to educating the Jewish community about candidates and their positions. The OU is a not-for-profit and does not endorse any candidate.