HDPC listens to experts, citizens on school funding

HDPC listens to experts, citizens on school funding

The House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Monday filled the Spackman Center’s auditorium in Coatesville. Many of the attendees expressed frustration with increasing property taxes and confusing school budgets.

The committee met to discuss the state’s education funding formula. The recently passed budget added $200 million to the $6 billion state endowment to schools across the commonwealth, which will go through the new funding formula that will distribute a higher proportion to schools that have been short-changed over the years.
Monday, August 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
As budget talks continue, Philadelphia hopes for more funds for school repairs

As budget talks continue, Philadelphia hopes for more funds for school repairs

While members of the General Assembly finalize the state’s budget, some in Philadelphia’s City Council have expressed their desire to see more funds to help repair aging schools.
 
State and city legislators joined the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to launch the Fund our Facilities coalition in March to advocate for $170 million more of financial support for the school district’s buildings. Students, teachers, and allies have argued toxic conditions are causing health and learning problems.
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Campaign for Fair Education Funding seeks $100 million increase for basic education funding formula

Campaign for Fair Education Funding seeks $100 million increase for basic education funding formula

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding held a rally Thursday morning to urge the General Assembly to grant the $100 million increase to basic education funding formula proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Advocates said that the Pennsylvania constitution guarantees each student in the commonwealth receives a thorough and efficient education, but school districts are facing a difficult time funding this provision.

Currently, Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, along with the House’s proposal, has granted basic education the $100 million the group has hoped for. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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