Roebuck welcomes education funding increases in new budget

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, welcomed the education funding increases in the new state budget.

Roebuck said, "Democratic legislators have stood firm with Governor Tom Wolf against the cut-heavy budget that House Republicans passed in April. This budget isn't perfect, but I'm pleased that it includes several increases for education. During former Governor Tom Corbett's four years in office, Pennsylvania education suffered major cuts – Governor Wolf has been a breath of fresh air."

The bill includes:

  • $100 million more for basic education;
  • $25 million more for special education;
  • $25 million more for Pre-K Counts; and
  • $5 million more for Head Start.

"I'm also pleased that we were able to protect the $30 million in state funding for the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school," said Roebuck, who represents part of west Philadelphia, including University City.

"This is the first part of the budget package. We still have to finalize how it will be funded. As we do that, I will oppose a charter-school bill if it would cause more problems than it solves – the last thing we need is to undo some or all of the gains this budget makes. I issued a report this week about the types of reforms Pennsylvania needs to make to its 20-year-old charter school law and what we need to avoid."

That report is available online at https://is.gd/2017CharterReport.

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