Correction 1: On Monday we reported that Rep. Christiana and the “Commonsense for the Commonwealth” PAC shared the same address as his district office. That is incorrect.
- Christiana’s proposed $50 million EITC/voucher expansion
- New teacher/principal evaluation plan using test scores as 50% of rating
- Distressed school districts $50 million assistance
- Charter school “reform” – Killion’s HB2352 would remove local control, giving a new state commission authorization and oversight, would create a parent trigger conversion, would put off any funding formula changes for another year
Senate budget would reinstate $100
million in block grants for education Pennsylvania
Here’s another perspective on that “Different Money”…..
“Expanding the EITC now will drain more state revenue away from public schools at a time when many are laying off teachers, cutting kindergarten or prekindergarten, and eliminating courses.”
Analysis of HB 2468
Pennsylvania Budget and
• Policy Center June 25, 2012
Individuals, Not Corporations, Pick Up the Tax Tab for EITC Scholarships
Corporations get triple dip deduction for contributions to private schools
Proponents argue that expanding the EITC doesn’t affect the budget because companies pay the bill; however, the opposite is true. Individual taxpayers will pay at least $9 of $10 in EITC funding.
The EITC program needs substantial program reform prior to any expansion. It is a costly program with little accountability that allows businesses to direct other taxpayers’ money to favored organizations.
Schools' financial squeeze gives rise to questions about future of early education in state
Monster real in biology textbook
More details on HB 2364 from PSBA:
Your school board is invited to submit proposals for consideration for PSBA’s 2013 Legislative Platform. The association is accepting proposals now until Friday,