- Reading, ranked by the state as No. 1 in poverty, is 51st highest in per-student state aid.
- Erie, ranked 29th poorest, is 196th in per-student state aid.
- Allentown, ranked 36th poorest, is 130th in per-student state aid.
- Philadelphia, ranked 58th poorest, is 145th in per-student state aid.
the early 1990s President George Herbert Walker Bush abrogated his “no new taxes” pledge and raised taxes. While this contributed to his electoral defeat, it nevertheless put the nation’s finances on a sounder footing, ushering in one of the most prosperous decades in the nation’s history that included not only balanced budgets but also surpluses. Raising taxes is never popular. However, if raising taxes contributes to fiscal solvency and long-range economic prosperity, a courageous statesman will rise to the occasion. No such option exists for many Pennsylvania school districts today, certainly not for Stroudsburg School District. Raising taxes to the legally permissible Act 1 index would generate $1.1 million in additional revenue. Increases in pension payments alone exceed $2 million for 2016. Added to pensions are increases in healthcare, and the ever-climbing mandated tuition payments for charter/cyber schools, projected to exceed $3,000,000 in 2016, all beyond district control.
CAN THE DNA of a school system by altered permanently?