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Smart Talk: Education Funding

Written by Smart Talk Staff | Jul 8, 2015 11:00 AM


ABC 27's Dennis Owens guest hosts Smart Talk on Wednesday as we continue with #scottcation. 

Last month the Basic Education Funding Commission unveiled their updated school funding formula after more than a year of work reviewing the process.  The Senate Education Committee crafted a bill around the recommendations made by the Basic Education Funding Commission to more equally distribute resources to schools. The bill was vetoed last week. 

On today's program we talk with Keystone Crossroads Kevin McCorry joins Dennis Owens to discuss the funding situation for school districts across the commonwealth.  Also in studio will be Senators Mike Folmer (R-48) and Robert Teplitz (D-15) who were part of the Basic Education Commission, John Callahan from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

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ABC 27's Dennis Owens

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Senators Robert Teplitz and Mike Folmer being interviewed by Guest Host Dennis Owens


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  • Robert D Colgan img 2015-07-08 10:06

    Wouldn't take my call.
    So this is what I was going to say:
    years ago when my sons' school was asking for ideas on classroom improvements while doing a renovation,
    I suggested they add automotive mechanics ( since a lot of the kids were interested in cars and wanted to become mechanics) including bodywork, transmissions, electronics, etc
    and other work skill related studies that would allow them to fit right into a job when they graduate.....

    And I was told that the State will not fund such things.

    So my question is: what the hell are we preparing them for-------since most kids graduate without viable job skills, and college is increasingly out of reach for those less academically and economically gifted ???
    What are actually teaching them????

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