(Jun 28, 2016)
HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today supported House passage of a state budget that would increase education funding and expand efforts to fight the commonwealth’s growing opioid addiction crisis.
“To be frank, this budget bill isn’t ideal. But this isn’t the time to let perfection stand in the way of progress,” Schlossberg said. “If this spending plan is signed into law, Allentown School District would see an increase of $6 million while Parkland School District would receive more than $580,000 in new funds. After years of neglect, this budget would allow our community schools to better focus on their mission of educating our next generation.”
The $31.55 billion spending plan includes a $250 million increase for pre-K through 12 education funding, including $200 million for K-12, $30 million for pre-K and Head Start, and a $20 million increase for special education. Since Schlossberg has been in the House, Allentown School District has received $9.8 million in new basic education funding and Parkland School District has received over $900,000.
“The budget would also make additional resources available to help combat the opioid crisis gripping our state. These increased funds would make a tremendous difference in the lives of many who are currently struggling with addiction and their loved ones,” said Schlossberg.
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