HARRISBURG – Following the passage of the 2021-22 Pennsylvania State Budget, Rep. Milou Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) provided the following statement commending the record high funding allocated to preK-12 education.
“Investing in our children’s future remained a top priority as we worked through creating this budget, especially with the fair amount of setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mackenzie. “I am proud to say that we were able to invest over $13 billion for our preK-12 education, which is a record high compared to the 2012-13 budget where we only could allocate $9.7 billion – just short of a $4 billion increase over the past 10 years Locally, this budget brought to the 131st District $33.72 million to our public schools through basic education funding. It truly is a privilege to take part in this process and bring forth a budget that accomplishes so much while being respectful of Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars.”
The 2021-22 State Budget education funding is broken down as follows:
Basic Education received $7 billion ($300 million increase).
Early Childhood Education received $311.5 million ($30 million increase).
Special Education received $1.24 billion ($50 million increase).
Public school districts within the 131st Legislative District received the following funds:
East Penn School District - $13.26 million.
Salisbury Township School District - $2.73 million.
Southern Lehigh School District - $4.91 million.
Upper Perkiomen School District - $9.27 million.
Saucon Valley School District - $3.53 million.
Additional information regarding the 2021-22 budget can be found by visiting www.pahousegop.com/2122PAbudget
Rep. Milou Mackenzie
131st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives