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Monthly Archives: March 2015

For schools on the brink, state mulling more ways to help

WITF reports that, “The Wolf administration is reconsidering the way the commonwealth helps school districts with rocky finances.”

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Basic principles of school funding

The Carlisle Sentinel posts an op-ed by Dave Patti, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Business Council, who makes the case that, “Adequate, fair, predictable state funding of basic education is essential to Pennsylvania’s competitiveness.”

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York County school officials push for new funding formula

The York Daily Record on the campaign’s forum on public education funding, “Several local lawmakers in the audience said they know it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. At the state level, a commission is tasked with recommending a new basic education funding formula by June.”

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Pittsburgh-area religious leaders urge fasting for public education

The Post-Gazette reports that, “While Gov. Tom Wolf negotiates with the state Legislature in the coming months to get an increase in state funding for schools, religious leaders and others across the state will be fasting for the same purpose.”

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Pennsylvania lawmakers must fix the school funding formula

“It is time for lawmakers to implement a funding formula that ensures that every student in Pennsylvania has access to a quality education, no matter where they live.”

The York Daily Record posts an op-ed by Susan Gobreski, Director of Education Voters PA, who says that, “A sustainable and predictable formula paired with sufficient […]

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Here’s why Pennsylvania needs a fair school funding formula posts an op-ed by Richard Freeman, Gregory J. Edwards and Dwayne Royster that makes the case for a fair fudning formula. The authors say that, “When it comes to funding our schools, economic inequality and educational inequality in Pennsylvania are inextricably intertwined. And we are not moving fast enough to fix it.”

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Lancaster County school leaders sound call for new state funding formula

Lancaster Online staffs the Lancaster County community forum on basic education funding and reports that, “The last time state funding for public schools was connected to student population numbers was in the early 1990s.

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Education Secretary pushes Wolf funding plan to lawmakers

“… politicians of both parties do agree the school funding formula in Pennsylvania is deeply flawed….”

ABC 27 News staffs Acting Education Secretary Pedro River’s appearance before the House Appropriations Committee with the focus on the state’s basic education funding formula.

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Two troubling stats about Pa. schools – and what they mean to this year’s budget debate looks at Gov. Wolf’s education funding proposal and some looming challenges.

The post says that, “The overall goal is for the state to shoulder roughly 50 percent of the share of funding for public schools, up from the roughly 35 percent it’s been for years.”

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If you’re concerned about school funding, join the conversation

“The present system lacks consistency, predictability, sustainability, adequacy and fairness. Any changes in the system, and changes are exactly what this conversation is about, must be built upon those qualities.”

Lancaster Online publishes an OP-ED BY Martin J. Hudacs, Ed.D, the former superintendent of the Solanco School district, who urges citizens to ‘join the […]

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