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Governor Wolf welcomes new teachers, celebrates historic investment in education

Governor Tom Wolfe joins Norristown Area School District administrators, educators and elected officials today in welcoming the district’s new teachers and celebrating the government’s historic $3.7 billion investment in public education over the past eight years. celebrated

“We are proud of the steps we have taken to introduce new resources to the school,” said Gov. Wolfe. “And I am truly proud of teachers across the Commonwealth who worked hard to give each student the education they deserve, even when they lacked the resources they needed to succeed.”

This year’s budget alone includes a record $1.8 billion in investment in education.

Norristown Superintendent Christopher Dormer said more than half of his district’s new teachers and educational support staff will be in positions made possible by additional funding from the state.

“The significance of this historic increase for the Norristown Area School District will be truly transformative for our school district. We can onboard resources that have a direct impact and improve student lives,” Dormer said. It’s what happened.

As a historically and dramatically underfunded school district, to better and more personally serve families and better meet the individual needs of every student by offering positions that were previously unaffordable I can. ”

Speaking today at East Norrington Middle School, where the district was inaugurating new teachers, Gov. Wolfe recalled that adequate funding for education was his top priority when he took office in 2015. rice field.

  • An increase of $525 million from equitable funding practices. On average, Pennsylvania schools see an 8% increase in funding.
  • $225 million increase Level up Providing targeted assistance to the 100 most in need school districts, giving every child in Pennsylvania the opportunity to thrive and succeed through equal access to a quality education, regardless of zip code ensure that you get
  • $100 million increase in special education.
  • $79 million increase for early education Through pre-K count and head start.
  • $220 million for public higher education.

Investing in Education includes an $850 million recurring fund that allows school districts to invest in student learning while reducing local property taxes.

“When it comes to education, funding is important—how much and where it comes from. But a less affluent community like Norristown couldn’t afford a higher property tax,” said State Rep. Matt Bradford. “This budget’s significant and sustainable increase in state funding for education is a major step toward equitably funding all schools in this Commonwealth. The Norristown Area School District will be able to reduce class sizes, increase opportunities, meet student needs, and make significant investments to improve performance.”

Even before the 2022-23 budget was finalized, the Wolf administration had:

  • Invested more than $1.9 billion in preschool through college, including the largest single-year education funding increase in state history in 2021.
  • Created a Level Up initiative to provide $100 million to the 100 most underfunded school districts.
  • Established the Public Schools Equitable Funding Scheme to address chronic unfair and inadequate funding for federal school districts.
  • Invested $116 million in science, computer science, and technical education. This includes his $80 million in innovative PAsmart programs and his $36 million in apprenticeships and employee training.
  • Modernized standards of science education.
  • Invested over $130 million in school safety grants to make schools and school communities safer.
  • Lowering the age at which students must start school to 6 and raising the high school dropout age to 18 to ensure a lifetime of success for students.
  • To combat sexual assault and make colleges safer, we launched the first-of-its-kind “It’s On Us PA” campus sexual assault prevention initiative.