Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Argall: Governor’s New Formula Cut $2.7 Million From Local Schools

A new education funding formula developed by Governor Wolf will cut a cumulative total of $2,758,013 from local schools in Berks and Schuylkill Counties, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks).
The state budget approved by lawmakers in March included an additional $200 million for public schools. The formula to determine how the money is driven out was contained in House Bill 1327, also known as the budget-related Fiscal Code. The formula was developed after months of public hearings and bipartisan cooperation among lawmakers, school administrators, education advocates, teachers and parents in order to reflect the factors that drive the cost of education.

On April 4, 2016, the governor vetoed the Fiscal Code and created his own formula to drive out public education funding. As a result, 86 percent of Pennsylvania’s 500 public school districts will receive less money under this plan than they would have received under the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Formula. All but one school district in the 29th Senatorial District will receive less money under the governor’s plan.

Under the governor’s formula, three of the state's five hundred school districts will receive $100 million of the overall increase. Philadelphia schools will receive an additional $78 million, including $34 million that was taken from rural school districts throughout the state.

Below is a breakdown of how school districts in the 29th District will be impacted by the governor’s funding formula compared to the Basic Education Funding Formula approved by the General Assembly:

Berks County (29th Senatorial District portion)
Conrad Weiser Area School District
Fleetwood Area School District
Hamburg Area School District
Kutztown Area School District
Schuylkill Valley School District
Tulpehocken Area School District
Wilson School District

Schuylkill County
Blue Mountain School District
Hazleton Area School District
Mahanoy Area School District
Minersville Area School District
North Schuylkill School District
Panther Valley School District
Pine Grove Area School District
Pottsville Area School District
Saint Clair Area School District
Schuylkill Haven Area School District
Shenandoah Valley School District
Tamaqua Area School District
Tri-Valley School District
Williams Valley School District

Every local school district, with the exception of the Williams Valley School District, will receive less funding under the governor’s funding formula. Reading Area School District will lose $3,699,346 under the governor’s funding formula.

Information posted from Press Release from Senator Dave Argall