2017-18 Proposed Basic Education Funding
2017-18 Proposed Special Education Funding
2017-18 Proposed Ready to Learn Block Grant
+$ 25M special education
-$144M 500 districts’ share of PSERS cost increase
-$ 50M cut in pupil transportation line
= $69M more that our districts/taxpayers will have to pony up
HB250: Tell PA Lawmakers--OPPOSE additional funding for private school scholarships
Education Voters PA February 7, 2016
On Monday, the PA House Education Committee passed HB 250. We expect to see a vote in the full House as early as Wednesday, February 8. HB 250 proposes to increase funding for private school scholarships to $180 MILLION/year by providing $55 million in NEW corporate tax breaks for businesses that contribute to private school scholarship organizations through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. The EITC and OSTC programs already divert $125 million from the PA general fund budget and funnel this money into private schools. This leaves less money to fund PUBLIC schools and other important programs that benefit Pennsylvanians.
Please call our state representative and senator NOW and then send a follow-up email with one click.
#HB250 EITC/OSTC - this 2012 NYT deep dive is still fresh: Public Money Finds Back Door to Private Schools
As Pennsylvanians rally to stop Betsy DeVos from becoming Secretary of Education (and Senator Pat Toomeytries his hardest to ignore us), we are working with a coalition of parents, disability rights advocates, faith leaders, and advocacy groups to build public pressure on our state lawmakers to fix an egregious flaw in PA charter law that mandates more than $100 million in special education overpayments to charter schools every year and causes segregation of students by type of disability in school district and charter schools. Expense reports filed by the charter schools themselves and documented in a report by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, demonstrate that $100 million in special education funding that charters receive from school districts is not used to pay for services for students with disabilities. Instead, because of Pennsylvania’s broken charter school law, charter schools divert more than $100 million in special education funding from school districts into things that don’t benefit students with disabilities, including fattening administrative salaries, lining the pockets of charter operators, and paying for other expenses such as advertising.
Washington Post By Emma Brown and Juliet Eilperin February 7
Learn more and apply here: https://t.co/jMVOJ71xGI
Forum #2 – Harrisburg Area (Enola, PA) Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Capital Area Intermediate Unit – 55 Miller Street (Susquehanna Room), Enola, PA 17025
Forum #3 – Philadelphia Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Penn Center for Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania, 3440 Market Street (5th Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19104
Forum #4 – Indiana University of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 1011 South Drive (Stouffer Hall), Indiana, PA 15705
Forum #5 – Lehigh Valley Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21, 4210 Independence Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078
Plan to join public education leaders for networking and learning at the 2017 NSBA Annual Conference, March 25-27 in Denver, CO. General registration is now open at https://www.nsba.org/conference/registration. A conference schedule, including pre-conference workshops, is available on the NSBA website.