Strings in Corbett's grant proposal gets
February 6, 2014
HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett's newly proposed grant program for public schools
attaches strings to how the money is used, and that's getting pushback from
Pennsylvania schools groups.
administration defended the uses under the $340 million program as proven ways
to improve student achievement. The Republican governor unveiled it a day ago
as the centerpiece of his budget plan.
groups including the Pennsylvania School Boards Association say it's better for
the districts to have maximum flexibility over the money to help with difficult
Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials says it's a bad time to
handcuff schools that are dealing with rising costs and program and personnel
cuts since 2011.
schools also would get grant money, the first time state aid would flow
directly to them.