HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - It's the big head-scratcher in the Pennsylvania Capitol.
Times Tribune BY ROBERT SWIFT / PUBLISHED: JUNE 19, 2016
State Sen. Mike Folmer is a Republican who represents the 48th Senatorial District in parts of Lebanon, Dauphin and York counties.
Rivera provides insight into local school funding
Bradford Era By ALEX DAVIS Era Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org |0 comments Posted: Friday, June 17, 2016 10:00 am
This upcoming academic year, area school districts should have little to worry about with education funding. Those were the thoughts of state Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, who shared insight with The Era on Thursday afternoon regarding a proposed 2016-17 state budget that includes a $200 million increase in basic education funding. The state Department of Education reached out to The Era since the department doesn’t often get to this part of the state. Over the past year, Rivera has visited several school districts throughout the state as part of the Schools That Teach tour.
Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 17, 2016 9:00 AM
What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, June 17, 2016: audio runtime: 14:00
Summer vacation is not a time off for school administrators. A recent survey conducted by Pennsylvania superintendents and school business officials on the rising costs and budget cuts found that the coming 2016-17 school year offers "the worst outlook" so far. The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) report found that during the 2015-16 year, 14% of districts were forced to borrow over $746 million and 74% dipped into fund balances to make it. The report also found that 46% of districts are planning on cutting staff before the coming school year. 34% plan to increase class sizes, and 50% plan to remove academic programs and extracurriculars. At the same time, 85% of districts plan on raising property taxes, the seventh consecutive year in which over 60% of districts are raising taxes. The report surveyed 71% of Pennsylvania's 500 school districts, at least one from every county, and ranging from the largest district in Philadelphia to districts with fewer than 750 students. The coming year will clearly affect districts across the state. Jeff Ammerman, Director of Member Assistance at The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), and Jim Buckheit, Executive Director of The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), join us Friday to discuss the findings of their organizations' survey, the causes behind these problems, the impacts we'll see, possible solutions, and changes we can expect to our taxes and schools.
PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATION POLICY FORUM Thursday, June 23, 2016
Dr. Lee Burket, Director, Bureau of Career & Technical Education, PA Department of Education
Jackie Cullen, Executive Director, PA Association of Career & Technical Administrators
Dr. William Kerr, Superintendent, Norwin School District
Laura Fisher, Senior Vice President - Workforce & Special Projects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
James Denova, Vice President, Benedum Foundation