From: Senator Patrick M. Browne and Sen. Randy Vulakovich
To: All Senate members
Subject: Charter School Advisory Commission
In the near future, Senator Vulakovich and I will introduce legislation to establish a Charter School Advisory Commission to review and make recommendations concerning charter and cyber charter school funding. This commission will consist of members of all four caucuses, including the majority and minority chairs of the Appropriations and Education Committees, two members appointed by the House and Senate majority leaders and one member appointed by the House and Senate minority leaders and the Secretary of Education.
The commission shall be charged with examining all current laws, regulations and executive policy statements which determine funding for charter and cyber charter schools in the Commonwealth. The commission shall issue a report with its findings and recommendations, no later than eighteen months from the effective date of the legislation. The Charter School Advisory Commission will operate in a similar manner to the Special Education and Basic Education Funding Commissions and the Public School Construction and Reconstruction (PLANCON) Advisory Committee. I hope that you will join us as a co-sponsor of this important legislation.
WITF Written by The Associated Press | Jun 7, 2017 11:45 AM
(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's state treasurer and auditor general are warning lawmakers the state government's worsening long-term deficit may require it to borrow money from an outside lender to prop up routine budgeted operations. The letter, delivered to lawmakers today, says the commonwealth may need to borrow as much as $3 billion between July and next April. The letter comes as Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature eye a projected $3 billion deficit through July 1, 2018. That's almost 10 percent of the state's approved budget. In recent years, the state has drawn on a low-interest credit line from the state treasury. But Treasurer Joe Torsella and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale say there may not be enough money in the treasury's long-term investment fund to meet the state's needs in the coming year.
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