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HB1307: Pennsylvania Senate approves financial recovery bill that could lead to takeover of Harrisburg and other fiscally distressed school districts
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 7:05 PM
The Senate today passed legislation that would provide financially struggling school districts with extra funding, but also could lead to the state takeover of the same school districts.
On June 12, Representative Jim Christiana introduced House Bill 2468, which is aimed at expanding Pennsylvania’s current EITC Program by $25 million (Raising it from $75 million to $100 million) as well as establishing the Educational Improvement Scholarship Credit (EISC). Co-sponsored by Representatives Bill Adolph and Thomas Killion, this new program would create a second pot of “opportunity scholarship” funding -- beyond traditional EITC -- at $100 million in 2012-13. EISC funding would only be available to students within the bottom 15 percent of “failing schools” in the state. If this bill is passed before June 30, it would infuse a new $125 million into educational school choice for this September. Further, it would be funded by tax-credited contributions targeted to designated opportunity scholarship organizations, such as BLOCS in Philadelphia, and it would not take funds away from public schools.
TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012
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,
Last year, PSBA created a new award to honor the memory of its long-term chief lobbyist, who died unexpectedly. The Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award may be presented annually to the individual school director or entire school board to recognize outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of public education and students that are consistent with the positions in PSBA's Legislative Platform. The nomination process is now open and applications will be accepted until