Hughes y sus colegas anuncian un plan educativo histórico
$3.75 billion would be the largest in education funding ever
This week, along with House Democrats and education advocates, I announced a school budget plan that would represent the largest investment in public education in Pennsylvania history.
The $3.75 billion outline — the Full Funding Plan — would take advantage of an expected $6 billion year-end state revenue balance to address generational inequity, crumbling school infrastructure and staffing problems exacerbated by the pandemic.
Pennsylvania’s insufficient and unequal school system was put under a harsh spotlight by the pandemic, putting in focus the struggles faced by students, parents and teachers in underfunded districts. We now have a historic opportunity to correct that legacy and provide every student with the resources and opportunities they deserve.
El plan realizaría importantes inversiones en los siguientes ámbitos:
- 1.100 millones de dólares a la Fórmula de Financiación Justa
- 750 millones de dólares para Level Up (destinado a 200 distritos con la financiación más desigual y la mayor brecha de adecuación).
- 1.100 millones de dólares para rehabilitar escuelas tóxicas
- 250 millones de dólares en problemas históricos de personal
- 125 millones para ayudas a la salud mental
- 100 millones de dólares en ayudas académicas
We are confident in the sustainability of this plan because Pennsylvania is experiencing an unprecedented revenue surplus due to a huge economic turnaround aided by federal investments. There can be no more excuses for toxic schools and inequality of opportunity. We are sitting on the largest pool of unspent funds in Pennsylvania history.
State revenues are on track to outperform estimates by well over $2 billion, while nearly $2.2 billion of American Rescue Plan funds remain unused. Pennsylvania’s strong revenues combined with federal assistance will result in a year-end balance of well over $6 billion.
To find out more about the “Full Funding Plan,” and to join the movement, click here.