House votes to tweak education funding distribution

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 12, 2016 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg)_Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted to stop Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's use of a formula that targets extra subsidy money for school districts hardest-hit by past spending cuts.

Representatives voted 111-81 on Tuesday to amend the fiscal code bill, important companion legislation to the state budget. The bill now goes back to the Senate.
State government is operating on a partial budget amid a partisan stalemate now in its seventh month.

Wolf has released about half of the school money through a hybrid formula that provides larger shares to districts hurt most by cuts made by his GOP predecessor.

Republicans say Wolf lacks authority to do that. They say subsidies over last year's levels should be distributed through a formula that a bipartisan commission crafted last year.

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