WITF Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 13, 2017 7:09 AM
(Harrisburg) -- Nearly two weeks after the state budget deadline, House and Senate members and Governor Tom Wolf do not have an agreement on a revenue plan to fund for it. Wolf let the unbalanced spending plan become law Monday night, a decision that puts Pennsylvania in a sort of constitutional no-man's-land for the second year in a row. Around the Capitol there's no clear consensus on whether the state's allowed to handle its budget this way--or if there are any consequences for doing so. At the moment, the halls of the Capitol are quiet after days of feverish, all-hours negotiations on a revenue deal that never came together. Lawmakers returned to their districts after negotiations fell apart early in the week, over how much new revenue the budget needs in order to be considered balanced, and to stave off credit rating downgrades. The House and Senate are on a six-hour call, with no session days scheduled for the foreseeable future. Leaders said they'll be back to the table soon, though House GOP Leader Dave Reed indicated they could use a break. "Sometimes maybe a couple hours away for everybody is a good thing. Everybody can regroup and we can put it back together," he said. For at least the near future, state government is left with a budget that authorizes it to spend $32 billion this fiscal year, but doesn't say where the money should come from.
David Parker is a Republican from Monroe County who served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2015-2016. He represented the people of the 115th District, which includes three school districts shown to be collectively short-changed by $50 million in 2015-16 based on the new basic education funding formula. He serves as a Director with Citizens for Fair School Funding to continue advocating for students and taxpayers to be treated fairly.
AASA, The School Superintendents Association
National Alliance for Medicaid in Education
Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach
National Association of School Psychologists
The new federal education law is supposed to return to the states greater control over their public schools. But judging from the mood recently at the annual conference of the Education Commission of the States, the states are anything but optimistic about the future, or about the new law. The apprehension reminded me of the 1989 education summit convened by President George H.W. Bush. Back then the goal was to persuade governors to adopt a set of national education goals. All but a couple of states bought into the idea of "systemic change" with support from the federal government. The prevailing view was that state and local control of schools wasn't working. What was needed was a national vision for educating every child, regardless of geography, race, ethnicity, sex, ability or disability across social and economic classes. That vision would drive U.S. education policy for a quarter century, and it was a big part of the No Child Left Behind Act signed by George W. Bush in 2002. Now, with the new education law, the pendulum has swung back to the states. The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, ostensibly puts them in the driver's seat. So why aren't they happy? I heard lots of reasons at the ECS meeting in San Diego.
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Thomas Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education
Kristen Swanson, Director of Learning at Slack and one of the founding members of the Edcamp movement
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