Congressman Evans continues to champion investments in public education as a budget priority

March 6, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia and Montgomery County)  highlights Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s Budget Proposal to call attention to the federal government’s role in making key investments in public education.

Addressing the School District of Philadelphia’s current deficit of more than $900, Mayor Kenney said in his budget statement: “to ensure the stability of the school system, I proposed that the City turn to its own general fund to increase its annual contribution to the District by $20 million annually, totaling an additional $100 million over five years.  Additionally, I proposed to reduce the amount of planned wage tax rate reductions, and to use the savings from the lower rate of reductions to increase the District’s contribution by almost $340 million over five years.”

“I firmly believe all of the children in the City of Philadelphia and their families should be afforded equal opportunity to thrive and succeed. That is why the first bill I introduced in Congress was H.R. 922, the Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2017. A bill that would support the needs of our students, teachers and parents by amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow public school buildings to qualify for the rehabilitation tax credit to give our public schools nationwide the funds they need to make improvements.  Our public schools are anchors in our neighborhoods. Each and every student in the City of Philadelphia and our surrounding suburbs should have the peace of mind that they can and will receive a top-notch education. Leadership matters and I see investments in education as a critical step forward to ensure a stronger tomorrow for our children,” Congressman Evans responded.

In February 2017, Congressman Evans introduced H.R. 922, the Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2017. In May 2017, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner introduced the School Infrastructure Modernization Act, the Senate companion bill to House bill, HR 922. In September 2017, both the Philadelphia and Richmond City Councils introduced resolutions to express their strong support for Congressman Evans’ School Modernization and Rehabilitation bill.