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Monday, June 13, 2016 9:40 AM

Pennsylvania's new education funding formula acknowledges that 74 school districts across the commonwealth face burdens so high, that it's as if they must serve more than double their actual student populations.  
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, June 13, 2016.

 
Monday, June 13, 2016 9:39 AM

With just over three weeks left to the start of a new fiscal year, the sorry state of school funding has spread like a virus across the commonwealth. Local districts are working to finalize their 2016-17 budgets caught behind the mess of a nine-month impasse in the state budget, and it’s been tough going for most. 
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Source: Delaware County Daily Times, June 12, 2016.

 
Monday, June 13, 2016 9:38 AM

Almost two decades after Pennsylvania authorized their creation, some public charter schools are doing great things for students and offering new ways to learn. However, both school district and charter school officials agree serious problems exist with the law and how it is enforced.
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Source: Allentown Morning Call, June 11, 2016.

 
Monday, June 13, 2016 9:04 AM

Five years ago, when a Bangor area man wanted copies of videos from his daughter's school bus so he could expose bullying, the state told him the recordings were off-limits to the public. That might not be the case anymore. 

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Source: Allentown Morning Call, June 11, 2016.


 
Monday, June 13, 2016 8:50 AM

Pennsylvania finally has a formula to help distribute state education funding, but we still lack is adequate state funding for education at any level – early childhood, K-12, community colleges and publicly supported universities.

On June 21, AFTPA will hold a Virtually Rally for Education Funding, and I am inviting our partners to amplify the message to legislators to make a significant and sustainable investment in education in the 2016-17 budget. Our goal on June 21 is to flood the Capitol with phone calls and emails demanding that legislators invest in pre-kindergarten, K-12, community college and state-supported universities.

Join us in calling for $400 million in additional funding for basic education funding this budget cycle, as well as urging lawmakers to provide new revenues to expand early-childhood programs and restore funding to our colleges and universities.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 9:29 AM

A public sector pension bill that was resoundingly defeated in the Pennsylvania House back in December is getting a new lease on life. The House voted 157 to 26 on Wednesday to put the proposal back under consideration, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to pass.
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Source: Associated Press, June 8, 2016.

 
Thursday, June 9, 2016 9:28 AM

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's top aides told Senate Republican leaders he won't release economic development grants approved by lawmakers until he gets a state spending plan he favors, a Senate GOP spokeswoman said.
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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 8, 2016.

 
Thursday, June 9, 2016 9:10 AM

Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law a new formula for distributing state education money.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, June 9, 2016.

 
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 9:10 AM

Pennsylvania lawmakers returned to work in Harrisburg on Monday with just weeks left to avert a repeat of last year's budget fiasco, a process that wasn't resolved until Gov. Tom Wolf let budget legislation become law without his signature in March and April.  Wolf, a Democrat, won't predict whether talks with the Republican-controlled Legislature will produce a new budget by the time the coming fiscal year kicks off on July 1.
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Source: Associated Press, June 6, 2016.

 
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 9:09 AM

The Pennsylvania budget is due June 30. Last year, it was a historic nine months late. Last year, there was much to divide Democrats and Republicans. This year, they both agree, at least, on one point.
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Source: ABC Channel 27, June 6, 2016

 
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