HARRISURG- Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) today called on Gov. Tom Wolf to expedite the processing of textbook orders from Archdiocese and nonpublic schools as funded in the 2022-23 budget.
White learned this week that many of the Archdiocese and nonpublic schools in Philadelphia and throughout the state have yet to receive their allotment of books, though they submitted their requests weeks ago.
“The Wolf administration has known for months what textbooks our Archdiocesan and non-public schools requested,” White said. “It is absolutely unacceptable that his Department of Education is incapable of providing the timely approvals and delivery of our students’ textbooks before the start of the 2022-23 school year.”
This year’s budget approved $28 million in funding for textbooks and equipment for educational materials for Archdiocese and nonpublic schools. Yet, many of these schools, which are now open, will not receive textbooks for at least several weeks.
“This is either an intentional way to undermine the Catholic school system and school choice in general or the Wolf administration is mismanaging the process that ensures all students across the Commonwealth receive their schoolbooks timely enough to obtain the education that is best for them,” White said. “It is disheartening that the governor has failed our kids so badly. I urge him to do his job and manage your Department of Education properly by getting the schoolbooks to these entities as requested months ago.”
Representative Martina White
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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