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Education Inequality In Its Most Basic Form

A tale of two schools and two education realities: Overbrook High School & Upper Dublin High School


Senator Hughes discusses the importance of PlanCon

Senator Hughes discusses the importance of PlanCon

Pennsylvania is one of the worst states in the nation regarding education inequality. Fighting to get more dollars for low-income schools is my top priority in Harrisburg.That’s why I recently brought a bipartisan group of senior lawmakers to tour two schools in my district that show the stark contrast between the haves and the have nots.

First, we went to Upper Dublin High School, which is a newly constructed $100 million facility. Second, we visited Overbrook High School which is nearly 100 years old. Entire floors have been shuttered and many classrooms are simply not functioning. This disparity is blatant and unacceptable.    

Please take a moment and review the media coverage below. Then, share it with your friends, family, and co-workers. Together, we can make it clear that the conditions in far too many of our schools must change.

State Senator Vincent Hughes

Two Schools: 15 Miles and Worlds Apart

By Avi Wolfman-Arent | November 22, 2016

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Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, and Overbrook High School in Philadelphia are a mere 15 miles from each other. But they’re worlds apart.

Take the matter of water — that most basic element of human life.

Upper Dublin's new high school, finished in 2012, features an 18-lane swimming pool with two spring-diving boards and a movable bulkhead that allows the pool to be configured for swim meets and water polo matches. The natatorium even has its own air-filtration system so the smell of chlorine doesn’t seep into the surrounding hallways or waft in the way of enjoying the tasteful mosaic that adorns the entryway to the facility.

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Officials Told Philadelphia Schools Need $5 Billion in Repairs

By Kristen A. Graham | November 22, 2016

Senator HughesOne by one, the dignitaries trooped into the computer lab at Overbrook High School - a room full of dusty desktops at least a decade old that await replacement.

Earlier, they had peered inside two nonfunctioning science labs, where trash sat inside lab sinks and water issues were common.

The Monday tour of Overbrook, a once-grand structure known as "the Castle on the Hill," was meant to give lawmakers who will distribute school-facilities money in Pennsylvania a grounding in just how vast the Philadelphia School District's capital needs are.

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'The Castle on the Hill Needs Help'

By Ryanne Persinger | November 22, 2016

Senator HughesOverbrook High School was once among the city’s most sought after schools, graduating such recognized alumni as actor Will Smith, basketball’s Wilt Chamberlain, astronaut Guion S. Bluford, journalist Acel Moore and City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.

“In the late ‘70s, Overbrook was a place that people sought to get into,” Jones said. “Track and basketball people came from around the city to try to get in there. People were faking addresses to get in the catchment area of Overbrook.”

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State Committee Looking To Improve School Construction Reimbursement

By Mike DeNardo | November 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A state committee got a look at the stark differences among Pennsylvania school buildings on Monday.

Members of the PlanCon Advisory Committee first toured Upper Dublin’s four-year-old $119 million high school, which has a separate air handling system for chlorine odors from its swimming pool.

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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
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