On Thursday, February 13, before a meeting with the Richmond School community and on the heels of the ninth and tenth school closures due to asbestos, PFT President Jerry Jordan joined with Fund Our Facilities Coalition partners to once again call for Governor Wolf to declare a state of emergency for the School District of Philadelphia.
The Governor has worked hard to restore more than $1 Billion in education cuts enacted by his predecessor. And this year he has heeded our call to prioritize lead and asbestos remediation in his budget with a $1 billion proposal for remediation work. We will continue to advocate strongly for that proposal, and commend the Governor for his initiative and leadership.
But we must do more, and we must do it now. The facilities emergency in Philadelphia’s public schools is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis.
Fund Our Facilities Coalition member Senator Larry Farnese addressing the media:
- Philly Teachers Want Gov. Wolf to Declare State of Emergency for Asbestos
- Philadelphia teachers’ union urges Gov. Wolf to declare state of emergency on asbestos in schools
- Asbestos forces two more Philadelphia schools to close
- Teachers’ Union Calls On Gov. Wolf To Declare State Of Emergency After Two More Philadelphia Schools Close Due To Asbestos
- Advocates want Gov. Tom Wolf to declare Philadelphia schools a ‘disaster’ area because of asbestos
- Philadelphia teachers union wants state of emergency declared as two more schools close due to asbestos
- Two more schools to close for asbestos cleanup
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