Billions needed to fully repair Philadelphia public schools

Posted November 22

— Lawmakers in charge of disbursing school-facilities funding throughout Pennsylvania were informed it would cost $5 billion to fully meet the repair needs of Philadelphia public schools.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports ( ) members of the state PlanCon Advisory Committee heard a series of similarly bleak facts during a tour of Overbrook High School on Monday.

They include that the average city school is now 70 years old and the school district has long delayed maintenance.

As a result, officials say just one-third of district schools are considered to be in good condition.

To obtain state money, projects at schools now must address educational programs.

Philadelphia often doesn't meet such requirements because the majority of its facilities money is spent on cosmetic repairs and addressing safety or health concerns.


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