Budget impasse, inadequate funding leaves school districts “in survival mode”

Budget impasse, inadequate funding leaves school districts “in survival mode”

Saying they want a $400 million increase in education funding paid through broad-based tax increases, representatives of the Pennsylvania School Business Officials and Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators said a lack of education funding, timely PlanCon reimbursements, and the recently concluded budget impasse have left Pennsylvania’s school districts scrambling to keep the doors open.

Monday, June 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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What else became law with the new basic education funding formula?

What else became law with the new basic education funding formula?

With House Bill 1552 becoming law this week, Pennsylvania has a new basic education funding formula that is the product of work done by the Basic Education Funding Commission.

According to Gov. Tom Wolf Friday during a public ceremony commemorating the bill’s enactment, the new formula now puts Pennsylvania with 47 other states in having a fair funding formula for basic education.

While the central part of the bill contains the funding formula, other important provisions also became law.

Friday, June 3, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill making education funding commission’s new formula permanent awaits governor’s action

Bill making education funding commission’s new formula permanent awaits governor’s action

House Bill 1552, legislation that contains provisions making the Basic Education Funding Commission’s funding formula permanent, passed the House Wednesday and is now headed for the governor’s desk.

The bill passed Wednesday by a 188-3 vote. It passed the Senate by a 49-1 vote last week.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House, Senate load proposals to respond to Fiscal Code veto

House, Senate load proposals to respond to Fiscal Code veto

The House and Senate Tuesday took separate steps to load proposals that would respond to Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the Fiscal Code sent to his desk in March.

Starting in the House, the House Appropriations Committee took the step of loading a bare-bones Fiscal Code to a bill that would provide relief to Pennsylvania’s horseracing industry.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf plans “to make a stand” against new GOP budget proposal

Gov. Wolf plans “to make a stand” against new GOP budget proposal

Amid the news that the Republican-led legislature plans to send a $30 billion-plus budget to his desk this week, Gov. Tom Wolf used a scheduled appearance on Pittsburgh’s KQV radio Tuesday morning to say he plans “to make a stand.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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