SENATOR HUTCHINSON ATTENDS MEETING ON BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING

A state panel empowered to review Pennsylvania’s financial support for its local school districts met in Clarion on Tuesday, according to Senator Scott Hutchinson, who attended the session.

As part of its fact-finding mission, the Basic Education Funding Commission met at Clarion University to gather testimony on state support for smaller school districts.

“This was an important meeting, particularly for our area,” said Senator Hutchinson. “It is critical that rural and small schools’ perspective gets heard and considered as the Basic Education Funding Commission develops an adequate and fair system for distributing state money to local school districts.”

The 15-member Basic Education Funding Commission is tasked with developing and recommending to the General Assembly a new formula for allocating state money for basic education to Pennsylvania school districts. The new formula will take into account relative wealth, local tax effort, geographic price differences, enrollment levels, local support as well as other factors.

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