Legislative Forum on Public Education Lehigh County
Legislature, state education secretary spar over Corbett's budget
Governor accused of using 'budgetary gimmicks' that obscure $100 million in cuts to school districts.
By Steve Esack, Of The Morning
Call 6:35 p.m. EST,
Budgetary semantics and spiraling pension obligations.
Those topics denominated a three-hour-and-15-minute House hearing Monday on Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed $8.2 billion spending plan for public education for next year.
The Republicans and Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee agreed that Corbett's proposal reduced 2012-13 spending by $100 million over current levels.
Education Secretary Ron Tomalis disagreed.
“Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, said, “I might want to suggest that if any of us are confused about whether or not education funding has gone up or down since Governor Corbett took office, we could just ask the students ..., the citizens, ... the school districts of Pennsylvania.”
Disagreement exists over whether Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett's budget increases or decreases funding for schools
By Published: Monday,
March 05, 2012,
There’s a disagreement over whether Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2012-13 state budget proposal includes an increase or decrease in spending for public schools.
State Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis told the House Appropriations Committee that it essentially comes down to what gets counted.
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Christopher McGinley, Superintendent,
Nofre Vaquer, Director, ARC of Philadelphia
Hiram Rivera, Executive Director, Philadelphia Student Union
Dale Mezzacappa, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Dan Hardy, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Auditor General will speak to the public followed by Q & A Session.