- Acting Ed Sec'y Pedro Rivera
- Senate Ed Committee Majority Chairman Lloyd Smucker
- House Ed Committee Majority Chairman Stan Saylor
- Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Pat Browne
- Diane Ravitch
- House Majority Leader Dave Reed
- House Minority Leader Frank Dermody
- 2014 PSBA Tim Allwein Advocacy Award winners Shauna D'Alessandro and Mark Miller
Attytood: It's the libertarianism, stupid
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Charter Payments + Pension Payments + Other Tiny Obscure Cuts = District Deficit
In other words, a district that had a fiscally responsible year last year, that didn't do anything crazy or odd or unusual and just left everything alone when planning for this year-- that district is still facing huge deficits in their current budgeting cycle, unrelated to any choices that they made in managing their own local district."
How to manufacture a statewide financial crisis.
Cut state funding. This puts the making-up-the-difference pressure on local taxpayers.
Take a ton of money away from public schools and give it to charters.
Create a huge pension funding crisis. This is its own kind of challenge, but the quick explanation is this-- pre-2008, invest in really awesome stuff, and when that all tanks and districts suddenly have huge payments to make up, tell the districts they can just wait till later and hope for magic financial fairies to fix it. It is now later, there are no fairies, and a small district with an $18 million budget is looking at pension payments that go up $500K every year.
Oh, and pass a law that says districts can't raise taxes more than a smidge in any given year.
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