Established in 2006, the Keystone State Education Coalition is a growing grass roots, non-partisan public education advocacy group of several hundred locally elected, volunteer school board members and administrators from school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of common interest and to facilitate active engagement in public education advocacy.
Under HB 1326, taxesincreasedforfiscal year 2011-2012under anAct 1 exceptionhigher than therate of inflationwould berescinded.
The Education Policy and Leadership Center reported that on May 10, theHouse Finance CommitteereportedHouse Bill1326(Rep. Seth Grove, R-196), which would remove certain provisions of theTaxpayer Relief Act(Act 1 of 2006, 1stSpec. Session) relating topublic referendumsfor approvingproperty tax increasesand prohibits school boards from electing to raisetaxesabove therate of inflationwithoutvoter referendum. Under HB1326, if the referendum fails, taxes may be raised but not above the rate of inflation. Taxesincreasedforfiscal year 2011-2012under anAct 1 exceptionhigher than therate of inflationwould berescinded. The bill was approved in Committee by a vote of 15-10 and now awaits further action by the full House.
House moving school tax referendum bill (HB1326)
Luzerne County Citizens VOice BY ROBERT SWIFT (HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF)
Almost three-quarters of school districts responding to a statewide survey expect to cut instructional programs if Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed reduction of more than $1 billion in education subsidies stands, two school groups said today.
Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011; Pottstown Mercury
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association and Commonwealth Foundation are policy opponents in the debate over giving students taxpayer-funded vouchers. But we strongly agree on the need to give elected school boards relief from onerous mandates that cost taxpayers more money and do little or nothing to improve the quality of public education.
Thomas J. Gentzel is executive director of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (www.PSBA.org) and Matthew J. Brouillette is president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation (www.CommonwealthFoundation.org) in Harrisburg.