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Wolf Administration Visits Pottsville Area School District to Highlight Impact of Level Up Funding

05/19/2022

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Education Executive Deputy Secretary Dr. Deb Carrera today visited the Pottsville Area School District to highlight the importance of Level Up funding and the impact it has on schools across the commonwealth.

“Education is the foundation that helps build our communities up. Investing in our schools and students is investing in the future of the commonwealth,” said Carrera. “We know how important fair and equitable funding are and seeing how the Pottsville Area School District is able to use Level Up funding to the benefit of their students just reiterates the importance of increasing these investments.”

Level Up funding is allocated to Pennsylvania’s most underfunded school districts. During the 2021-22 school year, the Pottsville Area School District received a total supplement of $317,200. Under Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal, for the 2022-23 school year, the district would receive a proposed $951,601 in Level Up funding.

"The Pottsville Area School District used Level Up funding in the 2021-22 school year for an additional ​fifth grade teacher to ensure class size was less than 30 students. With future Level Up funding, Pottsville Area School District would be able to better maintain our current programs for students and the community. Without Level Up funding, it will become increasingly difficult for our revenue streams to keep pace with escalating expenses,” said Dr. Sarah Yoder, superintendent of the Pottsville Area School District.

Introduced in 2021, the Level Up initiative provided $100 million to the 100 most underfunded school districts in Pennsylvania, in addition to the $200 million increase the Governor secured for all 500 school districts. The 100 most underfunded school districts would receive an additional $300 million in Level Up funding under the Governor’s proposed 2022-23 budget.

Continuing his support for education across the commonwealth, Governor Wolf’s final budget outlines a plan to build on the record investments made during his administration, including a $1.9 billion increase in education funding from pre-kindergarten through college. In addition to the $300 million Level Up increase, the budget proposes $70 million for Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance, $1.25 billion in basic education funding through the Fair Funding Formula, a $200 million increase for Special Education, and $125 million for public colleges and universities.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kendall Alexander - kenalexand@pa.gov

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