Focus narrowing for Basic Education Funding Commission

Thursday, the Basic Education Funding Commission held its seventh hearing aimed to help in its mission to provide the legislature with a new basic education funding formula for consideration.

According to Commission Co-Chairman Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), the focus of the commission is starting to narrow to common themes of concerns expressed at the hearings. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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VIDEO: Gov. Corbett signs Philly cigarette tax authorization bill

VIDEO: Gov. Corbett signs Philly cigarette tax authorization bill

During the bill signing of HB 1177, Gov. Tom Corbett offered some remarks about how this legislation will impact the students of the Philadelphia school district. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Grove discusses wanted changes to PlanCon

VIDEO: Grove discusses wanted changes to PlanCon

Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) held a press conference Wednesday to discuss HB 2124- a plan for a more modern and simplified process of reimbursement from the state to school districts for construction projects. This process is also known as PlanCon. In this clip, Rep. Grove discusses what he would like to see changed. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Basic Ed Funding Commission already struggling with hold harmless provision

Basic Ed Funding Commission already struggling with hold harmless provision

As the Basic Education Funding Commission held a hearing Wednesday to receive background testimony on basic education funding in Pennsylvania, one thing quickly became clear: the Commonwealth’s “hold harmless” provision will be a sticking point in developing a new way to fund basic education.

“Our basic education funding formulas have for many years included what is known as a ‘hold harmless’ to ensure no school district receives revenue less than the previous year,” said commission member Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) in a prepared statement on behalf of the House Republican Caucus. “The basic cost of keeping the lights on and the doors open are fixed. School districts depend on a stable level of funding to help pay these fixed costs.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Opposition to Common Core Standards ongoing

Pennsylvania adopted the Common Core education standards in November 2013 and the conservative efforts to repeal them haven’t stopped since.

Last week, reigniting debate on the issue, Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster) introduced House Bill 2439 that would repeal the standards while a commission formed under the legislation examined an appropriate replacement.

The bill currently has 23 co-sponsors.

Monday, August 18, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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