PA Constitution - Public School System Section 14.
Gov. Corbett and his administration are attuned to the Philadelphia School District's $304 million budget shortfall. Finding a long-term solution that is student-centered and fiscally responsible is paramount.
I'M CALLING IT the Harrisburg Syndrome: the chronic and costly practice of refusing to invest responsibly in education. Symptoms far exceed the number of schools closed - roughly two dozen or so in Philadelphia alone - and probably approach the 20,000 school employees furloughed statewide since Gov. Corbett cut almost $900 million from public education two years ago. A physician would look at the condition of public education in Pennsylvania and call for broad-spectrum antibiotics in the form of money. Not just your garden-variety antibiotic, but consistent, broad-based funding - similar to what's advancing in California - to provide for the "thorough and efficient" education system called for in our state constitution.
PA Charter Schools: $4 billion taxpayer dollars with no real oversight
Data used in the Grading Our Schools analysis is from the 2011-12 school year, with the exception of graduation rate data which is from the 2009-2010 school year. The state Department of Education is generally one year behind in collecting and releasing data from school districts.