- adjusting charter school reimbursements for special needs students, creating a three-level system he says would better reflect the actual cost of educating the students
- creating a new funding formula for cyber charters, which educate students online. The existing tuition amount is a district's per-pupil costs, minus deductions for things like transportation. Wolf's proposal would add more deductions for cyber charters, such as a portion of facilities costs.
- linking reimbursement to audited costs, having charters return money to districts if audited costs are less than revenue
KINGSTON — During an emotionally-charged exchange that often evoked unguarded passion from area legislators and school district officials, state Rep. Tarah Toohil summed the fear that kept rising to the top: Schools running out of money and closing. “When the kids are supposed to be graduating and the school is not even functioning for them to graduate, that’s when the pressure will come,” the Butler Township Republican said during a Monday evening roundtable in Kingston regarding the eight-month budget impasse. “That’s when you’ll have the budget you need. But it really is a travesty that it’s going to take the ultimate pressure.” The Luzerne Intermediate Unit, which provides various services to area schools, hosted the roundtable that drew superintendents, business managers and school board members from area districts, along with Toohil and state Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, Mike Carrol, D-Avoca, Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, and Aaron Kaufer, R-Kingston.
on February 29, 2016 at 7:45 AM, updated February 29, 2016 at 7:47 AM
Savor every Big Gulp, enjoy every Dr. Pepper and do the Dew as much as you can. Because if you live in Philadelphia, new Mayor Jim Kenney is looking to slap a tax on your favorite fizzy drink. As our friends at the Inquirer report this morning, the Democrat, who ran on a pledge to create universal prekindergarten and other costly initiatives, is finding himself short of the coin to pay for his campaign promises. Sources tell the Inquirer that the soda tax, famously tried to no avail by ex-NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, is one of the few arrows in Kenney's quiver as he rolls out his first budget proposal.
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