On Monday, January 16, former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Eric Haggerty shared a message of thanks on social media for his service to the Wolf administration.
Hagarty wrote, “It has been the honor of my life to serve in this position, to which I have put my whole heart.”
He had been serving as Secretary of Education for nine months, but had worked with former Governor Wolf for nine years. In her letter, Haggerty first thanked the entire community that had been part of her tenure as education secretary, from students and parents to librarians and Department of Education staff.
The second part of the letter was a thank you for the work and legacy of Governor Wolfe. Haggerty cited Wolf’s health insurance expansion and investment in education as the most influential changes.
On education, Hagarty cited the most historic education funding increase in Pennsylvania history – signed into law by former Governor Wolfe in July 2022 as part of the 2022-23 budget. This represents an increase of nearly $2 billion in a single year, among other things:
- an increase of $225 million to support the 100 most needy school districts;
- an increase of $100 million in school safety funding;
- $220 million increase for public higher education;
Haggerty is also proud to have developed innovative plans for libraries, teachers and students in need.
The Foundation of Our Economy: The Pennsylvania Teacher Workforce Strategy, for example, calls for dozens of actions to be taken by 2025 to address teacher shortages. Haggerty wrote that the plan focuses on “meeting faculty needs in a variety of areas; creating a workforce that is diverse and representative of the students we serve; providing access to relevant leadership development and professional development opportunities.” Ensuring access to teachers and high quality”; and many more.
To address student hunger, the administration also dedicated $21.5 million to provide universal free breakfast to all schools in Pennsylvania and Hunger Free Campuses to help ensure access to free, healthy meals on college campuses across the state. Initiative created.
Haggerty said he can’t wait to see what amazing things the new education secretary, Khalid Momin, who was appointed by Governor Shapiro earlier this year, will do. His inauguration takes place today, right after Shapiro’s.
“It is an honor to serve as Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Education and ensure that every child in Pennsylvania has access to a quality education and the opportunity to shape their future,” wrote Munin, the new Secretary of Education. on social networks,
To read more about Hagarty and other initiatives the administration is proud of, read their open letter of thanks here.