Ciresi applauds $1.5 million in additional state funding for Pottstown schools
Calls on state lawmakers to fairly fund schools in next budget
POTTSTOWN, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, said $1.5 million in additional state funding that’s on its way to Pottstown School District is just the start of his fight to ensure equitable and adequate funding for schools in his district and across the state.
A grant of $1.5 million is expected to be awarded to the district when contracts are signed and will be used to put a dent in the $24 million the school district said it will take to make needed facility repairs and upgrades over the next five years.
According to Ciresi, Pottstown was awarded the additional funds because state budget negotiators continue to delay distributing all basic education dollars through the fair funding formula enacted by the legislature in 2016. Because of this, Pottstown loses $13 million or more each year in state funding.
“I am happy the state is trying to make up for this disparity and know that the $1.5 million Pottstown schools are receiving will be put to good use,” Ciresi said. “I voted ‘no’ on my first budget because schools like Pottstown are not being fairly funded. My constituents sent me to Harrisburg to fight for property tax reform, fair funding for education and infrastructure investment. I will continue to fight for any extra money the state is able to provide our underfunded schools, and certainly will continue to fight each budget season to distribute all education dollars through the new, fairer formula.”
Despite his frustrations with the current distribution system, Ciresi said he welcomes the new, additional funding and appreciates all the work that was done to secure it.