HAZLETON – Alarmed by the level of state funding for the Hazleton Area School District, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) has contacted Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to express her concern and push for a larger appropriation.
The funding issue was raised during Monday’s meeting in Hazleton of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission regarding student discipline problems in the district.
“It was troubling to learn the Hazleton Area School District is one of the most disadvantaged districts in the country and that has contributed to the student discipline issues there,” said Toohil. “That’s why I immediately got in touch with the Wolf administration to advocate for additional state monies for mental and behavioral health programs in the schools. We need to be more proactive in addressing these discipline problems which are so disruptive to the learning environment.”
Toohil will soon reintroduce legislation that would increase the ability for school districts to hire professionals to focus on the mental health needs of their students. Over the years, schools have reduced the number of guidance counselors yet have increased their responsibilities. The funding for this legislation will come from the current filing fees for civil actions, legal proceedings and property transfers, as well as criminal, traffic and summary filings.
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office