Statement on Pennsylvania Budget Passage

The following joint statement comes from Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners Executive Director Mike Wang and Philadelphia School Partnership Executive Director Mark Gleason in response to Governor Wolf allowing the 2015-16 budget to become law:

“The Governor is doing the right thing for Pennsylvania’s kids by allowing this budget to become law because schools need the money now. That said, we have serious concerns that once again, more money will flow to schools without any assurance it will be used to create change for the families that need it most. There is much more to be done.

“We call on the governor and the legislature to work on a 2016-17 budget that addresses unresolved education issues, including a bipartisan fair funding formula and accompanying legislation that includes real accountability measures to improve outcomes for children in underperforming schools. Only when increased funding is paired with necessary reforms can we help ensure that every child – regardless of background – has the chance to attend a great school.”