Investing in Education

Fred is committed to investing in our students, teachers, and schools. He’s equally dedicated to ensuring taxpayers and parents are seeing a return on their investment.

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Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce

Fred Keller is a passionate leader for our children, schools, and teachers.

During Fred’s time in Harrisburg, state funding for basic education has increased by an average of 3 percent each year; going from $4.8 billion in fiscal year 2010-11 to just over $6 billion in the 2018-19 budget. That’s a 25 percent overall increase during Fred’s service.

Notably, Fred was also an outspoken critic of Democrat Governor Tom Wolf’s infamous $3 billion cut from state education funding in the 2015-16 fiscal year budget.

Thanks to Fred and his House Republican colleagues, Governor Wolf’s $3 billion education funding cut was restored in March 2016 – passed into law without Governor Wolf’s signature.

Fred Keller is a passionate leader for our children, schools, and teachers.

Fred and his children all received a public education. Fred’s grandmother – a Northumberland/Shikellamy public school teacher for over 30 years –  taught him not only to respect our teachers, but also showed him the commitment required by our teachers in and outside the classroom.

Fred’s support for helping students and parents and for improving our education system pre-dates his service in the General Assembly – going back to his days serving on Parents Advisory Councils while his children were in school.

Teaching a Strong Work Ethic

Fred’s support for our young people also extends to our technical schools and those pursuing careers in the agricultural sector.

During his time in business, Fred regularly worked with SUN Area Technical Institute to help students understand modern manufacturing.

As John Bohn, former director of SUN Area Tech, observed in 2010:

“For several years Fred Keller took our students for field projects and helped teach them the values of hard-work and productivity. Fred understands the importance of keeping talented and productive citizens in our own backyard — contributing to our businesses and communities."

Since being elected as a State Representative, Fred has maintained his support for our career and technical schools. Fred is committed to helping young people understand the family-sustaining careers that modern manufacturing and technical jobs provide. Fred believes that a four-year college degree — and the debt that comes with it — is not for everyone. In order to bridge the “skills gap,” Fred believes we must invest in job readiness and work to train workers with the skills to fill the jobs that are available.

Fred’s also an ardent supporter of local FFA programs — not only to foster agricultural interest, but also to advance the management, communication, team building, and business skills students learn from an FFA education.

Fred's commitment to agricultural education and FFA has been recognized with Honorary Degrees by the Midd-West FFA Chapter, the Pennsylvania FFA Association, and most recently the Selinsgrove FFA Chapter.