Update on Education Funding
In the early hours of October 21, 2003, Pennsylvania?s House of Representatives took extraordinary steps toward investing substantial new dollars in our children?s education. By a 104-95 vote, the House agreed to raise the state?s income tax to boost education funding, as well as close the budget deficit.
In addition to making a cost of living increase in the basic education subsidy, the measure creates a structure that targets most of an additional $250 million to students struggling to reach higher standards of educational achievement.
The House measure would increase funding for public schools by $450 million, allocated in the following ways:
? The basic education subsidy to the state’s 501 school districts would increase by $105 million.
? Special education funding would increase by $45.5 million.
? $200 million in block grants would fund proven education practices long advocated by Good Schools Pennsylvania, with local districts determining which programs to implement.
? Another $34 million would be earmarked for tutoring programs for students that aren?t meeting state standards of proficiency.
? $15 million would go to expand the federally-funded Head Start preschool programs for needy children.
A complete summary of the bill passed by the House will be posted on the Good Schools PA website at <a href="http://www.goodschoolspa.org">http://www.goodschoolspa.org</a>.
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