Fiedler demands emergency funding to fix toxic school facilities

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., hosted a rally in the state Capitol to today to demand emergency funding to fix unhealthy and unsafe school building conditions.

“Make no mistake, the conditions in our schools are a public health emergency. No educator, student, or staff person anywhere in the state should ever wonder if they’re suffering from cancer or asthma because of the time they spent in one of our public schools,” Fiedler said. “The state has the financial ability to fix the asbestos, lead and mold. Let’s make people’s lives a budget priority.”

Fiedler has introduced legislation that outlines $125 million in emergency funding to schools across the state with exposed asbestos, lead paint and crumbling buildings.

She was joined at today’s rally by students, parents and teachers from affected schools and community organizations like POWER, PCCY, PFT, AFL-CIO, Vietlead and more.