Pennsylvania shirks school funding?

Narrowsburg River Reporter by Lyle T. Galloway, July 14, 2021 

With the passage of the 2021-22 PA budget, many advocates are wondering when the state will pay its fair share.

PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania’s legislature may have dropped the ball when it comes to providing funds for education.  Gov. Tom Wolf signed PA’s 2021-22 budget into law on June 30, meeting the assigned deadline. The budget currently sits at $40.8 billion, a 2.6 percent increase from last year’s budget. While the amount may not sound like a paltry sum, many advocacy groups are claiming that the amount of money being put toward education is insufficient. “We’re always grateful for increases in funding for education, but this is just a huge, missed opportunity because there was a $3 billion surplus in state funding and there was $7 billion in federal one-time COVID-19 aid,” said Susan Spicka, executive director of Education Voters of PA. “This is money that could have been used to fix some systemic problems we have with the way that schools are funded.”

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