Three schools in the commonwealth have been designated Green Ribbon Schools, a federal recognition award given to schools who employ cost-saving and performance-enhancing sustainability practices.
Sen. Lindsey Williams and Rep. Emily Kinkead have proposed taking $275 million from the state budget and using it for a free school lunch program aimed at combating child hunger and improving academic success.
The programs, based in Pittsburgh and Allentown, were recently awarded a share of $63 million aimed at providing resources to help students and their families.
In her decision, Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer said “students attending low-wealth districts are being deprived of equal protection of law.”
Lancaster’s newly elected state Rep. Izzy Smith-Wade-El hopes to return some level of power back to the smaller communities across the commonwealth.
More than 1.7 million Pennsylvania children enrolled in public schools, intermediate units, charter schools, career and technology schools, and child care institutions are eligible.
The $42.8 billion spending plan includes increases in education funding, environmental programs, and a new “whole home repairs program.”
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