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Commission to Look at School Funding Formula

June 10, 2014
HARRISBURG- The state House and Senate have passed and sent to the Governor legislation that establishes a commission to review and make recommendations concerning basic education funding. It will also make recommendations for a new formula to deal with the distribution of any future increase in basic education funding. 
The commission, which will consist of members of all four legislative caucuses and representatives of the Department of Education and the Office of the Budget, will take into account each school districtís market value/personal income aid ratio, equalized millage rate, geographic price differences, enrollment levels, local support and other factors. The commission will hold hearings and receive input from school districts and charter operators.

The General Assembly enacts a new basic education funding formula each year, usually giving each school district at least the same level of funding as it received in the prior year. But critics say this fails to recognize the differing needs of school districts with increasing or decreasing enrollment levels.


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