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Philadelphia, PA - As kids and parents across Philadelphia gear up to start the new school year in exactly one month, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) called on the Administration and his colleagues in Washington to commit to investing in Pennsylvania’s school infrastructure and highlighted Senate Democrats’ $50 billion proposal to assist states and school districts in closing funding gaps for critical capital modernizations and repairs.

“When a child learns more earlier in life, they earn more later in our workforce,” said Senator Casey. “Safe, healthy, modern and well-equipped schools are essential for advancing student achievement and ensuring that the next generation is prepared for the future. I’ve gotten behind a plan that would create millions of jobs by investing a significant amount into our nation’s infrastructure. This plan would provide $50 billion in funding for our schools. I urge my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to come to the table so we can get something done for our students.”

“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our students,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent. “Our School District is home to many aging buildings in need of significant repairs, and while many schools are receiving improvements this summer to ensure they are ready for students when school starts on August 27, additional resources would be welcome to expedite these and other projects. Our students deserve to learn in modern, vibrant environments that best position them for success, and we are grateful for the support of Senator Casey, Mayor Kenney and all elected officials as we continue in this work."

A full copy of this infrastructure proposal can be found here.