Governor Wolf Visits Erie on “Schools that Teach” Tour

December 08, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined students, teachers, administrators, and local leaders on a tour of Emerson Gridley Elementary in Erie to discuss his historic $640 million dollar investment in Pennsylvania’s education system and Erie School District’s recovery plan.

“This year, the Erie School District received an additional $3.3 million for classroom funding and over $234,000 in increased funding for special education,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Additionally, to help the district with its budgetary obstacles, my administration also worked with Senator Wiley and Representatives Harkins and Fabrizio to secure a supplemental amount of $4 million. Combined with the increases secured under my first budget, the Erie School District has received a total increase of $7 million for basic and special education in two years.”

“However, the Erie School District, like too many districts across Pennsylvania, is still reeling from the devastating cuts to education made by the previous administration. I want to ensure the residents of Erie that my Administration will keep working to invest in your children’s future. I also want to thank Superintendent Badams for his commitment to Erie schools and dedication to giving Erie’s children the education they deserve.”

Earlier this week, Superintendent Badams submitted Erie School’s recovery plan to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The plan is being reviewed by the Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management, the Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, and the Department’s senior leaders who will work with Secretary Rivera to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the plan.

Funding for all of Pennsylvania schools has always been a Governor Wolf’s top priority. In this year’s budget, Governor Wolf secured an additional $200 million in basic education funding, as well as a $30 million increase for early childhood education, a $20 million increase for special education, a $10 million increase for early intervention, and a nearly $40 million increase for higher education. Working with the legislature, Governor Wolf secured historic increases at all levels of education in less than 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

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