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Because we know you to be erudite, well-informed types, you've no doubt seenlast week's Franklin & Marshall poll, finding that a majority of Pennsylvanians (52 percent) blame the Republican-controlled General Assembly for the state's seemingly endless budget saga.
- Philadelphia's financial contribution to public schools grew by nearly 28 percent between 2011 and 2014. (Citified noted this dramatic boost last year.) The average Pennsylvania school district saw its local support rise just 7 percent during the same time period; only two of the state's 499 districts saw a bigger proportional increase.
- In a comparison with 20 other big U.S. cities, Philadelphia ranked eighth in its share of local tax dollars dedicated to education — roughly 29 percent. "Memphis, Fort Worth, Nashville, and Chicago had rates very close to Philadelphia's," the study's authors wrote. "Dallas, Pittsburgh and Boston topped the list with rates around 34% or more."
- Similarly, the city sits in the middle of the pack — 10th — in a comparison of per capita local spending on schools. The city spent $666 per citizen on public schools.
- Thanks to the city's deep poverty, however, that spending was a bigger burden on local citizens: The city spent $30.87 on local schools for every $1,000 that its residents earned — ranking Philly fifth in that measurement.
PA Budget and Policy Center website
Join us for an in-depth look at the Governor's 2016-17 budget proposal, including what it means for education, health and human services, and local communities. The Summit will focus on the leading issues facing the commonwealth in 2016, with workshops, lunch, and a legislative panel discussion. Space is limited, so fill out the form below to reserve your spot at the Budget Summit.
- Schools identified as falling in to the “bottom 5%”
- Teacher Evaluation
- Charter school issues and solutions
- 10 school directors
- 3 superintendents (1 rural, 1 suburban and 1 urban)
- 3 school principals (1 HS, 1 MS and 1 elementary)
- 2 representatives from district staff (business manager, guidance, curriculum, etc.)
- 2 representatives from other public education groups (EPLC, PASA, charter school, etc.)
- Support/content experts as identified
Networking and Coffee - 9:30 a.m. Program - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and
Deborah Gordon Klehr, Executive Director, Education Law Center
Dr. George Steinhoff, Superintendent, Penn Delco School District
Representatives of other statewide and regional organizations are still to be confirmed.
- Scranton area — Feb. 6 Abington Heights SD, Clarks Summit
- North Central area —Feb. 13 Mansfield University, Mansfield
- $150 per registrant (No charge if your district has a LEARN Pass. Note: All-Access members also have LEARN Pass.)
- One-hour lunch on your own — bring your lunch, go to lunch, or we’ll bring a box lunch to you; coffee/tea provided all day
- Course materials available online or we’ll bring a printed copy to you for an additional $25
- Registrants receive one month of 100-level online courses for each registrant, after the live class
Wednesday, February 17 - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. -
Thursday, February 25 - 8:30-11:00 a.m. -
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173
Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Joe Scarnati, (717) 787-7084
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377