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Locals: State education budget fails

July 21, 2013

The recently passed state budget failed to address the financial burden cyber schools are placing on local school districts, according to area school superintendents who, while not surprised by the......

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Jul-22-13 1:20 AM

Sports are an integral part of the education experience. We have removed recess and minimized or eliminated gym class. Have you ever wondered why so many boys are being medicated today for this or that? Could it be simply that boys need to burn off that energy? Girls do too, but it seems the ADD and ADHD and others are predominately boys and they are more rambunctious than girls. Also, it is my understanding that the cost to educate a student in cyber school is 60% of the cost to do it in traditional school. In other words the cyber school receives 60% of what the distinct would spend if that student remained.

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Jul-21-13 7:24 AM

- This budget provides for an additional increase to the Adult and Family Literacy line item. - All PASSHE schools receive level funding for FY 2013-14. - Penn State is receiving an additional $2 million for the Pennsylvania College of Technology. - The University of Pittsburgh is getting more money for Rural Education Outreach. - Temple University is receiving level funding. - Lincoln University is getting an additional $2 million which is an 18% increase over FY 2012-13. - Community Colleges are receiving an additional $1 million in the Community College Capital Fund.

While the budget may have not pleased everyone in every area, I think it did address education. Maybe not to the liking of local leaders, but how much can we spend before taxes go up, yet again.

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Jul-21-13 7:21 AM

In fairness let's look at what the budget did provide for education.

Increases Basic Education Funding by $122 million. - Establishes a record high of $10 billion total state dollars invested in K-12 education. - Also provides $22.5 million for distressed school districts. - Provides a 9% funding increase for the Library Access program to help libraries across the commonwealth share over 22 million titles. - Continues the Governor’s increase of $6.4 million for Head Start and Pre-K counts early childhood programs. - This budget adds $5 million for Early Intervention to children ages 3 to 5 with developmental disabilities. - Increases funding for mobile science centers. - Provides $3 million for grants to career and technical schools to purchase new equipment so the Commonwealth can expand career and technical education opportunities. - Adds additional money to the Safe Schools Initiative.

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