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Survey paints bleak picture of Pa. school funding

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 5, 2014 9:48 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A survey of the financial condition of Pennsylvania's public schools shows a discouraging pattern of property-tax increases, cutbacks in school programs and employee layoffs.

The report released today by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials sums up responses from 279 of the state's 500 school districts, including Philadelphia and some of the smallest districts.

The report says more than half of the responding districts plan to reduce or eliminate at least 370 academic programs next year, even if lawmakers approve additional state funding proposed by Governor Corbett.

It says three-fourths of the districts plan local property-tax increases next year.

The report says the local share of total school funding has increased from 37 percent in 2010-11 to 45 percent in 2013-14.

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Comments: 5

  • Larry img 2014-06-05 18:42

    Lower taxes for business and deregulation are hitting Pennsylvania education and job training.

    Low business taxes and deregulation is a downward spiral to the lwest denominator resulting in a lower standard of living and quality of life for Pennsylvanians.

  • Candy Allebach img 2014-06-06 11:35

    Not my school district, methacton. They are raising taxes, no cuts, gave teachers a 3 percent pay raise over 3 yrs, want to increase our debt, outsourced long time bus drivers, but enrollment continues to decrease. The main problem is school districts refuse to live within their means. After all it's not their money and when they need more they just raise taxes damn the consequences to the taxpayers.

  • Candy Allebach img 2014-06-06 11:36

    Not my school district, methacton. They are raising taxes, no cuts, gave teachers a 3 percent pay raise over 3 yrs, want to increase our debt, outsourced long time bus drivers, but enrollment continues to decrease. The main problem is school districts refuse to live within their means. After all it's not their money and when they need more they just raise taxes damn the consequences to the taxpayers.

  • Candy Allebach img 2014-06-06 11:39

    Not my school district, methacton. They are raising taxes, no cuts, gave teachers a 3 percent pay raise over 3 yrs, want to increase our debt, outsourced long time bus drivers, but enrollment continues to decrease. The main problem is school districts refuse to live within their means. After all it's not their money and when they need more they just raise taxes damn the consequences to the taxpayers.

    • Larry img 2014-06-07 11:32

      Cindy, your community voted for your school board.

      Evidently the community views your needs differently.

      Are you going to school board meetings?

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