PA - Governor's Schools of Excellence
An article titled "Cuts May Affect Governor's School" in Penn State University's student newspaper, The Daily Collegian Online, reports on the elimination of the Pennsylvania Governor's Schools of Excellence and the efforts made by alumni and supporters to preserve the programs.
Ryan Emerson (senior-landscape architecture) attended the
Pennsylvania Governor's School for Agricultural Sciences and recalled
the benefits. Attending the state-funded program was the initial reason
he enrolled at Penn State, he said.
"It exposed me to Penn State. ... I figured that if I loved it for
those five weeks, I'd love it for five years," he said. "To take away
such an opportunity for students is disappointing."
Emerson's sentiment isn't unique. Thousands of students have been
writing to their legislators in a fight for the life of PGSE. One group
in particular, Save the Govies, has coordinated its efforts over
Facebook and has garnered more than 4,000 members.
Another group, SavePGSE, has also seen some success and has gathered
more than 2,500 letters. Members plan to hand-deliver them to
legislature during a rally in Harrisburg next Tuesday.