(VIDEO) Wednesday night’s Call In Program looked at how education funding will be impacted by the proposed state budget. Panelists were: Joan Benso, President & CEO of PA Partnerships for Children, Joseph Bard, Executive Director of the PA Association for Rural and Small Schools, and Jay Himes, Executive Director of the PA Association of School Business Officials.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal calls for an increase of $90 million to basic education funding. An additional $1 billion block grant (over a four-year period) is dependent on the revenues from selling the state liquor stores. Rep. Paul Clymer, Chair of the House Education Committee, and Rep. James Roebuck, Minority Chair, discussed these and other topics related to school funding within the proposed state budget.
The governor’s plan for selling the state’s liquor stores to private industry would generate revenue. Recently, Governor Corbett announced that the money would be spent on specific education programs. Michael Crossey, President of the PA State Education Association, says, “linking liquor store privatization to school funding is just another way of holding students hostage to the governor’s political agenda.”
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Guest: Ronald Tomalis, PA Education Secretary. To view the program, go to “Full Story”
Guests: Joan Benso, PA Partnerships for Children, President & CEO; Ron Cowell, The Education Policy & Leadership Center, President; and Jay Himes, PA Association of School Business Officials, Executive Director. To view the program, click on “Full Story”