Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education
Eric Hagarty is the Acting Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania. A passionate advocate for education in the commonwealth, Eric has championed some of the most critical initiatives benefitting our commonwealth’s teachers and learners during the Wolf administration, including securing historic increases in education funding.
He led the team that secured more than $2 billion in education funding increases to date, including the largest single-year increase in Pennsylvania history for the 2021-22 fiscal year; helped to enact the “Level Up” program, which directs $100 million in funding to the poorest and most historically underfunded districts in Pennsylvania; and developed the framework for schools to safely resume instruction following the onset of COVID-19 and continued to guide schools through the pandemic.
Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Tom Wolf, where he was deeply involved in issues and advocacy for the commonwealth and state agencies; and prior to that as Chief of Staff at the Department of Community and Economic Development, where he administered a department with over 300 employees and nearly $5 billion in state and federal grant, loan, tax credit, and bond financing programs.
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Washington – Seattle.
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