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Smart Talk: PA schools and money; Former AG spokesman Chuck Ardo

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 1, 2016 3:25 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, June 1, 2016:

There have been significant recent developments related to Pennsylvania schools and money. 

The prolonged state budget impasse resulted in school districts across the state not getting any funding from the state for months. Many had to borrow and several took out loans to keep schools open.

Now, dozens of districts in tight spots can neither get extensions on their loans nor borrow money from the state.  So what will they do?  These districts include Philadelphia, Reading, Coatesville, Hazelton and Erie.

Also, Gov. Wolf and the General Assembly have reached agreement on a new school funding formula that will count actual enrollment of students, plus a number of other factors, including student poverty. The bipartisan funding formula is seen as more fair, especially to poorer schools.

Providing insight into these issues on Wednesday's Smart Talk is Keystone Crossroads education reporter, Kevin McCorry.

Also, Chuck Ardo, the former spokesman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane appears on the program after resigning this week. 

During Kane's three years in office, the Attorney General has been embroiled in one controversy after another and will be tried this summer on charges she leaked secret grand jury information to a newspaper and lied about it.

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