Increased funding and inclusion programs support student health and learning outcomes

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Abington, Pennsylvania – Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty and Special Assistant Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims visited Abington High School today to highlight the district’s work on equity, inclusion and belonging, and celebrating the legacy investments made in Pennsylvania schools through Governor Tom Wolf’s finale. budget.

“Student success is determined by more than grade point averages and test scores. It’s determined by how safe, engaged and involved students are in a school environment,” Hagarty said. “By investing both funding and time in students, the Abington School District is taking a proactive approach to promoting the health of the whole child, for the benefit of the community as a whole.”

Understanding that diversity is a strength and an asset, Abington School District staff engage students in innovative educational opportunities, recognizing that learning happens in different ways and at different paces. Fostering collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking, district staff prepare students for the challenges of the future. The district promotes the development of the whole student, emphasizing social and emotional learning as well as academic success.

“Equity has been deeply rooted in the mission and values ​​of the Abington School District for more than two decades,” said Dr. Jeffrey Fecher, Abington School District Superintendent of Schools. “We appreciate Acting Secretary Hagarty for recognizing these efforts and joining members of our school community for a discussion of these important topics, as we highlight our work to foster safe and supportive learning environments. for all students.”

Budget 2022-2023 consolidates its commitment to education at all levels with a historic increase in investments of $1.8 billion. The Wolf administration has increased education funding by more than $3.7 billion since 2015, ensuring Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to succeed with a high-level education without bearing the bulk of the responsibility for funding schools.

The budget includes: a $525 million increase for K-12 schools through the Fair Funding Formula, a $225 million increase for Level Up to provide targeted support to the top 100 school districts most needy, a $100 million increase for special education, a $79 million increase. $220 million increase for early education through Pre-K and Head Start, and $220 million for public higher education.

“Students who are connected to their schools often report feeling they can present themselves authentically and have the opportunity to learn about people different from themselves,” Hollins-Sims said. “We know that a sense of belonging increases student success and Abington stresses the importance of creating these courageous spaces for learners.”

Located in Montgomery County, Abington School District educates more than 8,300 students throughout the district, providing community resources and opportunities in nine schools. Building on its community’s historical and culturally diverse roots and proud traditions, and recognizing the uniqueness of each student, the Abington School District promotes excellence as the norm and achievement as the outcome – community support and parental involvement being essential to this mission.

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