From: Sarah Galbally, Secretary of Policy and Planning
Subject: Why Governor Wolf Will Veto House Bill 805
Date: May 10, 2016
State Rep. David Parker is trying to spread the word on a different way to get funding to the state’s underfunded school districts. On Tuesday morning Parker visited East Stroudsburg Area School District to explain the Basic Education Funding formula, which was released in June by the Basic Education Funding Commission. The report identified 180 districts that are underfunded by a total of $937 million, annually. The Campaign for Fair Funding wants an increase in funding to be distributed to all 500 school districts in the state through the new basic education funding formula. Parker, and Support Equity First, would like to see 75 percent of new money allocated to schools to be distributed to the underfunded districts, based on their proportional under funding. He said redistributing the funding formula would get to equity for all school districts quicker, rather than waiting 25 years under the new basic education funding formula.
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