PA House and Senate are in recess until April 30th
loophole and use funds for everyone Delaware
Sam Denisco makes a compelling
case (“Tax burden hurts business,” March 20) that
has the infrastructure,
educational system and skilled workforce necessary to attract business.
However, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s failure to close the loophole puts
those investments and the state’s competitiveness at risk. Delaware
House GOP lawmakers prepare to file lawsuit over state distribution of school funding
Capitolwire.com Under The Dome™ Wednesday,
April 4, 2012
Delozier says GOP leaders will push to restore $100 million in K-12 education block grants.
Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, told
constituents the House and Senate are pushing to restore $100 million in K-12
public education block grants as part of an overall effort “to keep the level
of funding where it is this year.” Delozier spoke at the New Cumberland
Republican Women’s breakfast, and was asked a question about how to help the
its funding shortfall. West Shore
Abolish School Property
by Increasing State Sales Tax to 7%? Pennsylvania
Community Matters Blog Posted on April 4th, 2012 by Pattye Benson
Are you tired of paying school property taxes in
Would you support legislation that would abolish your school property tax bill by raising the state sales tax to 7 percent? If so, State Rep Jim Cox (R-Berks) has a solution that would replace school property tax funding with new state revenues — House Bill 1776, Property Tax Independence Act.
The proposed Property Tax Independence Act would still provide the same level of funding to the school districts but would eliminate school property taxes by using state revenues. Cox proposes funding the new state revenues using three sources. First, he suggests raising the state’s personal income tax to 4 percent (from the current 3.07 percent). Secondly, Cox has specific sales tax loopholes that would close and finally, HB 1776 increase state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent.
ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council and School Privatization
NPR ran a story this morning on ALEC. Here’s a link to that and additional info on
ALEC and its influence on
legislation and members in the PA General Assembly Pennsylvania
Monessen district in 'dire straits'
Read more: Monessen district in 'dire straits' - Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviewhttp://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_789739.html#ixzz1r4pP5Mi7
Shenandoah Valley joins other school
districts in asking for more state education funding
Court affirms that
School District illegally capped
By Martha Woodall Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Thu,
Apr. 5, 2012,
Tax ruling may cost city, schools $41M
In a ruling that could have financial ramifications
for school districts across the state,
Commonwealth Court has affirmed the state
education secretary's decision that the
illegally capped enrollment at a city charter school. School District of Philadelphia
The court upheld Secretary Ronald J. Tomalis'
finding that the
was entitled to
receive $1.3 million from the district. The school District had refused to give
Palmer the money for 2008-09 and 2009-10 because the school enrolled more
students than the 675 specified in its charter agreement. Walter
"We envision schools where all children succeed, feel safe and their curiosity is cultivated. We see schools that foster a sense of belonging and community and that inspire collaboration. We see learning standards that challenge, and intentionally designed experiences that delight students, develop their confidence and competence, and cause every child to value tasks that result in learning. Ultimately, we see schools and related venues that prepare all children for many choices and that give them the tools and attitudes to contribute to our democratic way of life and live successfully in a rapidly changing world."
Stalking the Vampire in
As the national debate about school reform continues, new voices, new evidence, and new ideas are emerging to shape the debate.
Something wonderful has started in