PHILADELPHIA–“The extensive water damage at Palumbo High School is another example of the failure of state and federal elected leaders to significantly invest attention and resources to our nation’s aging infrastructure.
“The end of the summer season has highlighted this failure firsthand, first when we witnessed schools closing early due to lack of air conditioning; and now at Palumbo, where the education of over 1,000 students will be disrupted as the District assesses and repairs damage caused by the weekend’s rainfall.
“These types of incidents are made sadder by the fact that they are completely avoidable. Pennsylvania has already done an analysis of the steps needed to repair school buildings in the Commonwealth. As we did last week, we are once again calling on the General Assembly to fund PlanCon, so that these improvements can begin immediately.
“The PFT will be working closely with the District to deal with the immediate problem of getting things back on track for the educators and students at Palumbo. But we must also continue to pressure our elected officials to take the long view, and pass budgets that address the schools, streets and public spaces used by our communities and schoolchildren.”
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