Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Education Subsidy Cuts by District/State Budget Coverage/Mandate Relief Editorial
According to Sharon Ward of the Pennsylvania Budget and
: “…Funding for both pre-k-12 and higher education was cut substantially. In addition to basic education line item reduction, the budget eliminates accountability block grants, the education assistance tutoring program, and it also eliminates charter school reimbursement, so districts would face an additional cut.” Policy Center
Basic education: down $549.9 million
ABG: eliminated $259.4 million
EAP: eliminated $47.6 million
Charter school reimbursement: $224.1 million
That’s just over a billion dollars.
Proposed Education Subsidy Reductions by County and
Statewide Coverage of Education Budget
Given the talk of a $1 billion cut in public education funding, many districts are fearful they will be expected to balance their budgets with less state funds, not raise taxes and at the same time meet all their state and federal requirements. As one school official put it to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, school districts were once looking for dollars, then searching for dimes and now are scrounging for pennies.
Yet here are requirements added to school districts’ to-do list in just the last decade, according to PSBA: No Child Left Behind, bullying prevention, anti-harassment policies, expanding early child care, elevator and escalator safety instruction, body mass index evaluation, organ donor education, personal financial literacy, entrepreneurial and innovation skills development, media literacy development, contextual learning skill development, health and wellness programs, and demands for meeting Race to the Top goals.