Coronavirus on Smart Talk Monday: Public schools in Pa. facing billion dollar tax loss impact and is telework the new normal?

The bad news for Pennsylvania schools keeps pouring in.

Financial analysts met last week and issued a dire prognosis on the budget fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic.

Tax revenues that support Pennsylvania schools are so unpredictable that best guess estimates put shortfalls in the neighborhood of more than one billion dollars. And that is just an estimate that they determined from tax revenue numbers from the Great Recession and forecasting even deeper cuts.

Hannah Barrick, assistant executive director with the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, appears on Smart Talk Monday to discuss the figures that go into the estimate.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered all schools closed in the state in the middle of March and for all intents and purposes many working families were thrust into teleworking from home in order to be with their kids.

Stay-at-home orders soon followed and nearly two months later more than half of American workers are working remotely.

Researchers see this abrupt change as an opportunity to study how employees adapt and to identify the innovation that has helped speed this transition.

Professor Eddy Ng, Ph.D., the James and Elizabeth Freeman Professor of Management at Bucknell University joins us on Smart Talk Monday to share the research plan and the search for study participants. Individuals who have transitioned to working remotely can participate in the study through this survey link.

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