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Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Apr 9, 2017 8:00 PM

On the Monday, April 10th edition of WITF's Smart Talk:

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Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera

When it comes to Pennsylvania's future, education may be the most important issue facing the state.  Almost everyone can agree that a good education is key to making a good living, preparing a work force, and maintaining a healthy economy and high quality of life.

How to provide and pay for quality education is what makes it an issue.  There are many opinions and almost as much research into what is successful and even how to measure that success.

As a result, there is no simple answer on how to improve schools and education overall.  There are many. 

Monday's Smart Talk features Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.  A few of the issues we'll discuss are improving student performance, the role of schools in today's communities, education funding, the state budget, challenges facing schools, higher education, and charter schools.

You are encouraged to call in or email your questions for Secretary Rivera, the Smart Talk call-in line is 800-729-7532 or email us at

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