Governor Wolf Makes Schools That Teach Stop in Philadelphia

September 22, 2016

Philadelphia, PA – As part of his statewide ‘Schools That Teach’ Tour, Governor Tom Wolf visited today with students and staff at C.C.A Baldi Middle School in Philadelphia. In the 2016-17 budget, Governor secured over $47 million in increased classroom funding for the School District of Philadelphia, making for a total increase of nearly $90 million to Philadelphia schools over his first two budgets.

“We have made great strides over the last two years in restoring the massive hit schools took due to state budget cuts in 2011, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Governor Wolf said. “The School District of Philadelphia is one of many across the commonwealth that continues to struggle for adequate funding while working hard to provide the best possible education to students.”

During the visit, the governor was able to see first-hand some of the resources obtained through Baldi Middle School’s new Blended Learning Grant, as well as witness the school’s new instructional coaching model for teachers.

“The School District of Philadelphia has started this year in the strongest position since I became Superintendent,” said Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. “One reason is because of the bi-partisan budget Governor Wolf passed in July that brought an additional $50 million in critical education funding back to Philadelphia schools. Today, you saw firsthand how that $50 million investment is already working improve learning opportunities for our children. That money helped purchase modern textbooks in every school in the district, and helped put new technologies in classrooms.”

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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