HDPC holds mental health discussion forum in Exton

HDPC holds mental health discussion forum in Exton

Mental health experts joined citizens and House Democratic Policy Committee members in Exton Friday to discuss how schools and legislators can better help students experiencing anxiety and other mental health problems.
 
Students at nearby Downingtown East High School have seen four classmates and recent graduates commit suicide between February 2018 and January 2019. The community has sought answers and help to deal with this crisis and prevent further tragedies.
Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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
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