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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 5, 2019 02:01 PM
From: Representative Elizabeth Fiedler
To: All House members
Subject: Public School Building Emergency Repair and Renovation Grant Program
 

In the very near future I plan on introducing legislation to address the toxic, unsafe conditions in public school buildings across the Commonwealth. I am partnering with Senator Hughes to introduce companion legislation to Senate Bill 555 and Senate Bill 556.

Across our state students are surrounded by lead, asbestos, mold and rodents in their schools. This is unacceptable. It’s time for us to prioritize the health and safety of our children.

The condition of public schools impacts everything from physical health to academic achievement.

Most Pennsylvania public school buildings were built between 1950 and 1959; there are more than 200 Pennsylvania public school buildings built before 1950. Nearly half of those old buildings house students in the School District of Philadelphia. The systems within those buildings — heating, cooling, lighting, electrical, etc. — are broken, inefficient and in desperate need of replacement.

Please join me in ensuring our children have the safest learning environment possible by cosponsoring this legislation.



Document #1

Introduced as HB1637

Description: My proposal would establish a $125 million grant program within the Department of Education, known as the Public School Building Emergency Repair and Renovation Grant Program.  The grants would be distributed with $85 million to Philadelphia, $30 million to districts with high rates of poverty and the remaining $10 million to any other district.  This would be funded with money from the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Fund, the First Industries Program, the New Pennsylvania Venture Capital Investment Program, the Building Pennsylvania Program and the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund. 

School districts could use the grant funding solely for emergency repairs, such as lead and asbestos abetment or remediation, HVAC repair or replacement, electrical system repair or replacement, plumbing repair or replacement, roof and window repair or replacement and other repairs or replacements that present a health or safety issue.  Money dedicated for this purpose will not be for school districts to build new schools or athletic fields; it will be used exclusively for making current buildings safe and healthy for our students and teachers.
 

Document #2

Introduced as HB1636

Description: My proposal would establish a $125 million grant program within the Department of Education, known as the Public School Building Emergency Repair and Renovation Grant Program.  The grants would be distributed with $85 million to Philadelphia, $30 million to districts with high rates of poverty and the remaining $10 million to any other district.  This would be funded from the General Fund. 

School districts could use the grant funding solely for emergency repairs, such as lead and asbestos abetment or remediation, HVAC repair or replacement, electrical system repair or replacement, plumbing repair or replacement, roof and window repair or replacement and other repairs or replacements that present a health or safety issue.  Money dedicated for this purpose will not be for school districts to build new schools or athletic fields; it will be used exclusively for making current buildings safe and healthy for our students and teachers.