Pennsylvania’s public schools have been chronically underfunded, especially during the previous gubernatorial administration. As a result, more than 20,000 school employees have been laid off statewide and 75 percent of local school boards have been forced to raise property taxes. This is unacceptable. That’s why I have introduced legislation to tax natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region and direct the proceeds to education. It’s estimated that this proposal could generate over $1 billion for public schools in less than five years.