Governor Wolf Statement on Confirmation of Estelle Richman to the SRC

Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement congratulating Estelle Richman, former senior adviser to the United States secretary of Housing and Urban Development and secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, on her confirmation as his nominee to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission:

“Estelle’s experience is unmatched and her breadth of knowledge and grasp of a diverse array of policy issues make her a perfect fit for the School Reform Commission. In only two years, I have worked with the legislature to begin to restore the funding that was cut from Philadelphia schools under the previous administration that resulted in mass layoffs and cuts to important areas like transportation, security, and janitorial services. Working with the legislature, I have fought to restore the cuts of the previous administration by securing more than $640 million additional for education at all levels, including $97 million that will go into Philadelphia classrooms. The school district is now back on more secure financial footing, but we have more work to do, and Estelle will be an asset to help me continue my work toward a more robust public education system in Philadelphia.”