Rep. Wild Secures Federal Funding to Benefit Public Schools in the Lehigh Valley

June 21, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) announced House passage increased federal funding for education programs which directly benefit underserved schools across Pennsylvania’s Seventh district.

“Every student deserves a great education no matter their family income or zip code,” Wild said. “Equal access to opportunity, beginning at the earliest ages, is what drives America forward and fuels great economic success. Ensuring programs like these, which help lift every child, family, and community with the power of a good education, are critical to our nation’s future success. I am proud that this funding takes a small step toward closing the achievement gap.”

In a committee hearing on inequities in education in the House Education and Labor Committee, Wild drew attention to the funding disparities between schools in the City of Allentown. A Title I school district, identified as having a high concentration of children from low-income families, the Allentown School District is facing a $28 million dollar deficit and is at risk of being unable to make payroll. The $1 billion increase in funding for Title I public schools will directly impact the Allentown School District, as well as over twenty schools which carry Title I status throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Wild played a key role in securing this crucial funding by formally requesting the House Appropriations Committee include the following items in the Labor - Health and Human Services funding bill that passed the House this week. 

  • Title I Programs: This bill funds Title I at $16.8 billion – an increase of $1 billion from the enacted FY19 level.
  • Preschool Development Grants: This bills funds Preschool Development Grants (PDG) at $350 million – an increase of $100 million from the enacted FY19 level. The Administration seeks to cut the program altogether in its proposed FY20 budget.