Basic Ed Funding Commission already struggling with hold harmless provision

Basic Ed Funding Commission already struggling with hold harmless provision

As the Basic Education Funding Commission held a hearing Wednesday to receive background testimony on basic education funding in Pennsylvania, one thing quickly became clear: the Commonwealth’s “hold harmless” provision will be a sticking point in developing a new way to fund basic education.

“Our basic education funding formulas have for many years included what is known as a ‘hold harmless’ to ensure no school district receives revenue less than the previous year,” said commission member Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) in a prepared statement on behalf of the House Republican Caucus. “The basic cost of keeping the lights on and the doors open are fixed. School districts depend on a stable level of funding to help pay these fixed costs.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Opposition to Common Core Standards ongoing

Pennsylvania adopted the Common Core education standards in November 2013 and the conservative efforts to repeal them haven’t stopped since.

Last week, reigniting debate on the issue, Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster) introduced House Bill 2439 that would repeal the standards while a commission formed under the legislation examined an appropriate replacement.

The bill currently has 23 co-sponsors.

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Basic education funding commission to focus on fairness and restoring trust

The Basic Education Funding Commission established under Act 51 of 2014 held its first meeting Thursday with an eye toward focusing its work on establishing a fair and trustworthy basic education funding formula.

Commission Co-Chairman Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) stated the work of the commission will be of “tremendous importance to the overall work of state government.” 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: Pileggi gives budget update; talks liquor privatization, education

VIDEO: Pileggi gives budget update; talks liquor privatization, education

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi gives a budget negotiation update. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Video

Education Funding Formula Bills Clear Senate Committee

The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed to the full Senate two bills which could have effects on education funding in Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 1316 by Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) would provide for changes to Pennsylvania’s special education funding formula in conformity with the recommendations of the Special Education Funding Formula Commission established under Act 3 of 2013.

House Bill 1738 by Rep. Bernie O'Neill (R-Bucks) would provide for a Basic Education Funding Formula Commission similar to that of Act 3. 

READ MORE to find out how the House and Senate are cooperating on changing the special education funding formula and when the bills could be considered by the full Senate.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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