Gallagher applauds School District of Philadelphia increases

HARRISBURG, July 6 – State Rep. Pat Gallagher, D-Phila., applauds the passage of a $714 million increase for education funding in the bipartisan budget that’s headed to the governor with no tax increases.

“This budget is far from perfect, but I’m very pleased to see an additional $119 million for the School District of Philadelphia. This is one of the largest education funding increases in history,” Gallagher said. “This budget shows that we are dedicated to our children and their future. But it also reaches beyond education, providing relief to seniors and other vulnerable neighbors through an expanded Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.”

The School District of Philadelphia will receive $1.7 billion, a $119.6 million and 7.6% increase from the previous fiscal year.

“Let’s be clear, there’s still much more work to do. We must keep pushing forward to invest in crumbling infrastructure, give justice to survivors of sexual abuse, raise the minimum wage to support all workers and their families, pass commonsense gun measures to protect our communities at large, and the Fairness Act to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination. This budget has gotten these difficult conversations and negotiations started. It’s time to invest in our commonwealth and improve the lives of Pennsylvanians.”

More information on the budget is available by contacting Gallagher’s district office at 215-281-3414.