Governor Wolf Makes Schools That Teach Stop in Lebanon

September 26, 2016

Lebanon, PA – As part of his statewide ‘Schools That Teach’ Tour, Governor Tom Wolf visited today with students and staff at Harding Elementary School in Lebanon. In the 2016-17 budget, Governor secured over $1.3 million in increased classroom funding for the Lebanon School District, making for a total increase of over $2.5 million to Lebanon schools over his first two budgets.

“Funding our schools is a shared responsibility — everybody in this community has a stake in these kids in the Lebanon School District,” Governor Wolf said. “What I saw here today was impressive. I saw a school that has less resources than many other school districts have, but are able to turn what they do have into some really creative learning experiences for a lot of kids.”

During the visit, the governor was able to see first-hand how educators are using limited technological resources, like shared iPads, to engage students in the learning process.

“We were so pleased to have Governor Wolf here in Lebanon today,” Superintendent Dr. Marianne Bartley said. “Everyone in the district shares in the pride of having him take the time to visit our classrooms, recognize our terrific teachers, and see our beautiful children.”

Governor Wolf has fought for more education funding since day one and he has made investment in our schools and our children his top priority. Working with the legislature, the governor has secured historic increases of nearly $640 million in his first two years:

  • $415 million in basic education funding
  • $60 million for early childhood education
  • $50 million in special education funding
  • $14.6 million for early intervention
  • $81.4 million for PASSHE and state-related schools
  • $16.4 million for Community Colleges

Additionally, in June 2016, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1552 into law, which established a fair funding formula and provided emergency funds for two of the commonwealth’s financially distressed school districts. The law, known as Act 35, establishes a fair, equitable formula for allocating new state funds to Pennsylvania schools. The Basic Education Funding Formula accounts for district-based factors including the wealth of the district, the district’s current tax effort, and the ability of the district to raise revenue.

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