Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Statewide Reaction to Proposed Education Budget

Corbett chops public school funding

Gov. Corbett has proposed cutting more than $1 billion in funding for public schools, a move that could trigger tax increases, program cuts, and teacher layoffs throughout the state.
The Philadelphia School District's projected shortfall next school year alone could balloon to more $600 million as a result of the cuts, a knowledgeable source said.
Suburban school districts, while not as hard-hit, face the loss of tens of millions in funding as well.


Analysis: Gov. Tom Corbett's bold budget plan keeps vow on taxes, but still causes pain

Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania is on its way to spending more money to put people in prison than in college. 

Proposed education cuts termed 'catastrophic'
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
By Eleanor Chute and Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
No one expected Gov. Tom Corbett to propose spending more for education, but his proposal to spend more than $1 billion less -- including slicing state money for state-owned and state-related universities in half -- has left some reeling.
"It's even worse than I thought it would be," said Ron Cowell, a former state legislator who is president of the Education Policy and Leadership Council based on Harrisburg.

Corbett takes ax to education spending

Public schools face 8.8 percent cut and teachers would see pay freeze, with future raises tied to performance.

By Steve Esack and John L. Micek, OF THE ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL
10:24 p.m. EST, March 8, 2011
Deep cuts in subsidies. Even stricter limits on tax hikes. Pay freezes. Vouchers. More lessons on abstinence.
Those are some of the ways Republican Gov. Tom Corbett plans to overhaul public schools and higher education funding in ways that are far less costly to the state than under his Democratic predecessor, Ed Rendell.

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