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New funding formula for Pa. schools moves toward passage

Written by Rachel McDevitt/Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 25, 2015 5:10 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The school funding formula recently released by the Basic Education Funding Commission is one step closer to becoming law.

The Senate Education Committee has crafted a bill around the recommendations made by the Basic Education Funding Commission to more equally distribute resources to schools.

Democratic Committee Chair Senator Andy Dinniman says the legislation takes all different types of school districts into consideration.

"This is a balance between rural, urban (and) suburban schools. Everyone's interest is taken into account," he says. "We wanted to make sure that those areas that are impovershished in the state that needed extra resources would get those extra resources. I think we've accomplished that."

The bill passed committee and awaits action on the Senate floor.

Dinniman says once it becomes law, the next step will be to make sure the formula actually has funding.

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