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June 5, 2014

Survey paints bleak picture of Pa. school funding

HARRISBURG — A survey of the financial condition of Pennsylvania’s public schools shows a discouraging pattern of property-tax increases, cutbacks in school programs and employee layoffs.

The report released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials sums up responses from 279 of the state’s 500 school districts, including Philadelphia and some of the smallest districts.

The report says more than half of the responding districts plan to reduce or eliminate at least 370 academic programs next year, even if lawmakers approve additional state funding proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett.

It says three-fourths of the districts plan local property-tax increases next year.

The report says the local share of total school funding has increased from 37 percent in 2010-11 to 45 percent in 2013-14.

 

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