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Advocates say 2021 is key for education equity

Equity in education dollars is a longstanding debate in the Commonwealth, which is the defendant in a lawsuit arguing that its mode of funding is unconstitutional. Advocates who participated in WITF’s Toward Racial Justice panel on education funding say now is the time to begin closing the gaps.

By Alanna Elder

The $1 billion plan to close the gap between growing and shrinking Pa. school districts

An average shrinking district saw funding increase by $3,200 per student over the past three decades, according to a January report from Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a nonprofit led by a member of former Gov. Ed Rendell’s cabinet.

By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Updated: February 4, 2021 | 2:35 pm

Climate change doesn’t get a mention in Wolf’s budget address

Environmental groups are encouraged by Wolf’s proposal, given the economic fall-out of COVID-19.

By Rachel McDevitt

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State College to hold public hearing on budget, including police funding

The borough is looking at creating a civilian response team that would respond to certain calls, like those involving mental health. To do that, the proposed budget includes trimming the number of police officer positions from 62 to 58. While the department is currently budgeted for 62 officers, it only has 54 on staff.

By Anne Danahy

With $1.3 billion in coronavirus cash left, the Pa. government might be the big winner

A long line of service providers and industries increasingly fear the cash might go toward the state’s budget.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Updated: August 25, 2020 | 12:56 pm

Gov. Tom Wolf asks lawmakers to legalize pot, spend virus funds

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, a Republican from Centre County, was dismissive of the governor's proposals.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Tax collections in Pa. rebound on pent-up shopper demand, but state still faces huge budget deficit

Without additional federal aid, the state will probably have to make serious budget cuts or significantly increase borrowing to make ends meet.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Schools relieved as Pa. budget poised to avoid education cuts, for now

The prospect of a cut in five months — during the middle of the school year — is something parents, teachers, and students “shouldn’t be faced with right now."
By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Pennsylvania preps short-term budget amid coronavirus uncertainty

Officials in the House and Senate Republican majorities said that they expected to wrap up votes on a roughly $25.8 billion package this week.
By Marc Levy/The Associated Press