Fiedler celebrates education funding in state budget proposal

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – Gov. Josh Shapiro today delivered his 2024-2025 state budget address to the state legislature. State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., lauded proposed investments in education, including $1.1 billion in basic education funding and $300 million in school facilities updates to address asbestos, lead, and mold in school buildings.  

“This proposal is a big step in the right direction. As a working parent and as a lawmaker, I know how much underfunded schools can negatively impact students and school workers," said Fiedler. 

The announcement follows the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission’s recommendations to address Pennsylvania’s unconstitutional K-12 school funding system, which recommended $300 million for facilities upgrades last month. 

“Governor Shapiro’s proposed investment in education is a direct response to the tireless advocacy of students, parents, educators, unions, and lawmakers,” said Fiedler. “It’s a fraction of what we need to address our unconstitutional school funding crisis, but it’s a good starting point and a sound investment in the future of our city and state.” 

Discoveries of asbestos and other toxins have led to school closures across the Commonwealth, including seven Philadelphia schools in 2023 alone. In the same year, 100 schools statewide closed due to excessive heat.