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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Campaign for Fair Education Proposes Basic Ed Funding Formula

WESA Reports that, “The mission of the campaign is really to focus on this need for an equitable system of funding in Pennsylvania that has enough resources in it to be sure every child has an equal chance to meet our standards,” Joan Benso, PA Partnerships for Children president and CEO, said.

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CFEF Proposes Funding System to Ensure Quality Education for All Students

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding today proposed a student-driven funding formula for basic education that strategically directs resources to students and school districts with the greatest needs and provides the investment necessary to enable every child to succeed academically.

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Pennsylvania schools are being forced to make cuts to programming and staff in order to keep up with mandated costs and lack of funding.

A statewide survey by PASBO, PASA finds that, “With responses from 321 of the 500 school districts throughout the commonwealth, the survey has indicated that school districts are still struggling to make ends meet.”

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Pedro Rivera, “I can tell you that Gov. Wolf believes in a fair funding formula for all of Pennsylvania’s schools.”

The Allentown Morning Call provides a detailed Q&A with Pedro Rivera, Gov. Wolf’s nominee for Secretary of Education. The Call reports that under Rivera’s tenure as superintendent of Lancaster Schools, the district, ” … built up the district’s fund balance from $4 million to $9 million at a time when other districts across the […]

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School districts try to be hopeful before state budget proposed

The Republican Herald reports that, “School districts across Pennsylvania have eliminated programs, cut staff and increased property taxes during the last four years. And more tough decisions may be necessary, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials.”

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Easton Area & Stroudsburg Schools Looking at Deep Budget Cuts

Four-year math and science graduation requirements and up to 60 teaching jobs at risk.

The Morning Call reports that, “The Easton Area School District is looking at dropping a four-year math and science graduation requirement at the high school so it doesn’t have to spend $250,000 hiring new teachers. And The Pocono Record […]

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Local school boards in Pa. have impossible budgeting task

Ironic, isn’t it that at the same time taxpayers scurry to finish tax returns for a year that ended last Dec. 31, local school boards face a deadline for budget plans that extend 18 months into the future?

The Pottstown Mercury looks at the stiff challenges that school boards across the state confront as […]

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New Kensington-Arnold School District eyes possible 5% tax jump

As presented, the budget would drain the district’s $2.4 million reserve fund and still have a slight deficit, even with the tax increase.

The Tribune-Review reports that, “The New Kensington-Arnold School Board on Thursday approved a preliminary 2015-16 budget that could raise property taxes by as much as 5 percent.”

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Haverford school board lends support to basic ed funding formula

School directors unanimously endorsed a resolution board member Larry Feinberg introduced last week, calling for the General Assembly to take legislative action to establish a basic education funding formula that is equitable, adequate, comprehensive and consistent.

The Delaware County News Network adds that, “the resolution states that the absence of a reliable, fair and transparent […]

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State public education funding short-changing students

Scott Graham, Superintendent of the Northern Potter School District, makes the case for a predictable, sustainable funding formula.

In The Bradford Era, Graham notes that, “…  after a little more than 25 years in rural education, I am deeply concerned that our district and many others in rural Pennsylvania are falling behind.”

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