on August 08, 2016 at 7:48 AM, updated August 08, 2016 at 8:48 AM
With doom and gloom elsewhere in the headlines on this eighth day of August, here's a little feel-good story about the power of civic engagement to put a spring in your collective step. More than 400,000 Pennsylvanians hopped on the Intenetz in the last year to either register to vote or to change their party registration, our pal Tom Fontaine, of The Tribune-Review reports. For those of you playing along at home, that's 250k for the former and nearly 200k for the latter, the newspaper noted.
Pennsylvania's new basic education funding formula is boosting school district budgets in eastern Montgomery County by a greater percentage than their counterparts in Bucks County. Overall, eastern Montgomery County schools like Upper Moreland (6.9 percent), Abington (6.7) and North Penn (5.9) benefited from the county's average gain of 4.86 percent for 2016-17. Bucks' districts, on the other hand, will receive 3.5 percent more overall, the same as the state average. Bensalem (5.1 percent), Central Bucks (5.0) and Pennridge (4.7) were the big winners. "For more than two decades taxpayers in my school districts have been short-changed by an unfair school funding formula," said state Rep. Todd Stephens, R-151, of Horsham. "I'm pleased we were finally able to implement this new formula to begin leveling the playing field by funding our schools based on the actual cost to educate our children rather than political considerations."
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