In response to your April 10 Opinion, “Gov. Wolf right to fight discrimination,” I agree. Now it's time for Gov. Wolf to focus on discrimination against 180 severely underfunded school districts. School funding is one of the toughest and most important issues facing Pennsylvania. Frankly, there is no reason four school districts should get $102.5 million of new education funding against 496 school districts splitting the remaining $97.5 million. By any definition, that's discrimination in the highest order. So many facets of our commonwealth — jobs, culture, community, quality of life — are dependent upon and shaped by the education we provide our children. In Monroe County, we see the devastating negative impacts of severe underfunding of our schools every day. I believe every citizen in this county and across this state should be knocking on the door of every state senator, representative and the governor asking them to take action now, adopt the bipartisan “Basic Education Commission Report.” First, to the 180 school districts that are underfunded; then, to all districts under the new Basic Education Funding formula.
A state House of Representatives bill will allow districts to give senior citizens a tax break if they volunteer for the district. House Bill 791 will allow public school districts to establish a program to allow older residents, over the age of 60, to volunteer in the school district and receive a real estate tax credit in exchange for their service, according to the bill. “It has been shown that senior tax reduction volunteer exchange programs provide much needed relief to senior citizens, who often struggle to meet the rising cost of property taxes, and helps schools meet an increasing demand for a variety of human skills and services,” the bill says.
Green goes to court to regain post as Philly SRC chair
In an effort to contribute more effectively to our collective work, I am taking action to return to my appointed position as chair of the School Reform Commission. I expect and understand that this will elicit a chorus of boos from some, and want to explain both the legal basis and the reason for taking action now. First, some background.
- 2017 President Elect (one-year term)
- 2017 Vice President (one-year term)
- 2017-19 Central Section at Large Representative – includes Regions 4, 5, 6, 9 and 12 (three-year term)
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