A Champion for Public Education

In 2008, as a result of the financial crisis, the State had a budget gap between revenues and expenditures. It closed that gap by taking money away from schools, resulting in layoffs and higher local property taxes.

In 2012, after being elected to the Assembly, Phil made education his first priority. In the last budget, Phil was very active, speaking out in the Assembly on education funding issues.

He succeeded in doubling the Governor’s proposed increase to our local schools and made sure that, for the first time, aid went to the schools that needed it the most.


Phil also worked hard to reform the Common Core.

“The attempt to implement Common Core was a disaster, but helping our kids reach higher standards is the right thing to do. That’s why we stepped in to reform the process, so students and teachers can succeed.”

Phil Steck knows our kids need to reach higher educational standards to succeed in the new high-tech economy. But the implementation of Common Core caused unnecessary stress and anxiety for children and teachers.

Rather than force taxpayers to return billions in funding to the federal government by rejecting higher standards, Phil helped reform Common Core by:

  • Delaying high-stakes testing and he’s working to eliminate it once and for all.
  • Ensuring teachers and students have the necessary support and resources.