BLOG: PA Schools Lost Out This Year Due to Irresponsible GOP Budget

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: PA Schools Lost Out This Year Due to Irresponsible GOP Budget Budget News,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog Let’s set the record straight.If Republicans in the legislature had supported Governor Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal — instead of continuing the status quo of underfunding schools and passing tax burdens on to local homeowners — nearly all of the commonwealth’s 500 districts would have received more state funding this year (over $202 million to be exact). You can view by district here (PDF).For Republicans to push around their plan in comparison to the governor’s plan — comparing dollar amounts — they conveniently ignore the fact that their budget resulted in a net cut to our schools. They also fail to acknowledge the reality of the devastation they were complicit in causing five years ago when $1 billion was cut from education, disproportionately affecting the poorest school districts.Many of those districts have not had their funding restored. In fact, the Republican plan would have taken money back that had already been allocated from some of the poorest districts.The governor also has been pushing for a fair funding formula to end Pennsylvania’s inequitable distribution of education dollars — one of the most inequitable in the country. The new fair funding formula, which the governor begins to implement in this round of school funding distribution, cannot truly be fair unless the cuts are fully restored. Currently, only four percent of districts have seen their funding restored to 2010-11 levels and we are currently over $370 million short from getting all 500 districts to that point.Governor Wolf remains hopeful that Republicans in the legislature will get to work on a 2016-17 budget that not only makes these schools whole again, but begins to truly invest in education at all levels. By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretarycenter_img April 12, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

High winds expected throughout southeastern Indiana Monday

first_imgWilmington, Oh. — The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Ripley, Franklin, Decatur, Dearborn, Switzerland and Ohio Counties.Forecast models show an advancing cold front will bring high winds to the area through early Monday afternoon. Winds from  15 to 25-miles-per-hour are expected, some gusts up to 40-miles-per-hour could occur.Scattered power line and tree damage is possible. High winds could make driving difficult, especially high-profile vehicles.last_img

Paulo Dybala expresses interest in developing Ghanaian football

first_imgArgentine and Juventus star Paulo Dybala has expressed interest in supporting Ghanaian football to help the future generation of footballers.The Juventus star disclosed his love for Ghana and his willingness to help with environmental issues as well as the development of football when he met the Ghana Consular to Italy, Massimiliano Taricone.   The 25-year-old footballer partners Messi in the Argentine national team – Albicelestes – and plays alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at club level at Juventus. He is considered one of European’s most valuable football player and is the most expensive Juventus squad member from a transfer value perspective. Paulo Dybala is commonly referred to as ‘La Joya’ (the Jewel) due to his creative style of play, talent and eye for a goal.last_img read more