Just as Gov.-elect Tom Wolf puts education issues high on his agenda so did Pennsylvania’s first Governor Wolf in the early part of the 19th century.
Gov. George Wolf who served from 1829 to 1835 is remembered for his efforts to establish a public education system.
He won enactment of the Free Public Schools Act in 1834. This law provided for publicly financed education to children’s regardless of their family’s wealth or social position. It authorized local schools, elected school directors and an option to levy a county school tax. Adopting a school tax would implement the law and bring state aid. READ MORE »