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Pennsylvania GOP Plan Increases Education Funding

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 6:27 AM


The controlling Republican Party in the Pennsylvania State House will be presenting a counter-proposal to fellow Republican Governor Tom Corbett's plan to slash higher education spending by 50% and cut back public education spending [LINK]. The Republican plan has the same bottom line in spending as Corbett's plan, but reapportions cutbacks by putting more money into education by cutting deeper into public welfare programs.

The budget proposal to be offered by PA House Republicans increases funding for education in three areas:


1. K-12 spending increased by $210 million

2. Appropriation of $100 million for Accountability Block Grants

3. Restoration of $43 million for Social Security payments


The GOP plan reverses about 30% of the cuts advanced by Governor Corbett, but more importantly it shows us there is some room for district budgets to rebound, and that advocacy efforts across the state are working. The $500 million increase in April tax collections are not included in this plan, so these additional funds will come into play as the budget process unfolds [LINK].

Rallies like Boyertown's board meeting where 1500 residents protested cuts to the elementary music program and Senator Dinniman's Rally for Education are apparently getting the message across.

Is your music program safe? Read my article How To Protect Your Music Program From Looming Budget Cuts

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