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Saturday, February 5, 2011

More Pain As State To Short PA School Districts $387.8 Million

Pennsylvania school districts to lose state funds

By BRIAN HALL Staff writer
Public Opinion--Chambersburg

A surprise e-mail to superintendents across the state has Chambersburg bracing for a larger 2011-12 budget shortfall than previously expected.

In fact, it could be about double.

"The Federal (Education Jobs or EdJobs) money to us is around $2 million," CASD superintendent Joe Padasak said. "Our state aid is around $20 million and we planned on that (EdJobs money) for the next school year, and we're not going to get it. The state is going to keep it.

"Instead of a budget next year being $2 million unbalanced, it's going to be $4 million unbalanced."

Acting secretary of Education Ronald J. Tomalis sent a message out to school districts late Thursday, detailing the state's plans for upcoming federal Education Jobs Fund Program allocations.

In 2009-10, CASD received $2.305 million in stimulus supplement and $2.363 million in the current budget. That money drops to $0 this coming fiscal year. The EdJobs legislation signed in August was expected to restore a part of the budget formerly provided by the stimulus.

Gov. Tom Corbett ordered a freeze of $364.3 million in state spending. Of that amount, $337 million affects state funding to school districts. The state is anticipated to face a $4 billion budget gap for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Tomalis' e-mail painted a dark picture. Pennsylvania's EdJobs allocation is $387.8 million and will be appropriated by the General Assembly in the coming weeks. Tomalis announced the money will be used to replace existing state money allocated to districts for basic funding. The plan is the basic education funding will be modified to save the state $387.8 million by using EdJobs to take its place. More....


Anonymous said...

The State cuts funding, but mandates costly programs. Whats wrong here?

Anonymous said...

Principals and superintendents complain of budget cuts but they have no problem making $100,000 plus a year.

Not to mention teachers making $50,000 to $75,000 plus a year for working 180 days.

Anonymous said...

We need to cut the big guy pay. He does not need that much money. He has principals assistented principals secetrarys . What does he do. One school he plays on the computer.Let the teachers displine and the school would be better.

Anonymous said...

Teachers teach our children. They put in hours at home more than the public realize. They are constantly required to continue their education. They have more college credits behind them than most CEO's have. Yet the CEO's salaries are not publicized.

Could you keep a room of 25 students focused and motivated to learn all day? Could you keep their behavior under control? Teachers are often involved with children more than most parents are. Support the CHILDREN by not degrading the teachers.

Anonymous said...

8:06 Are you honestly complaining about how much teachers are making? Teachers are some of the most UDNERPAID professonals that we have! Yes, they may ONLY work 180 days in the year, but the work they're doing is some of the most important work in this country! Not to mention that teachers spend hundreds of their own dollars on supplies for their classrooms on top of all their own free time to work on plans, programs, and all the extras that I'm certain you don't have any idea about. I am thankful for our teachers! This is just another example of how anyone with an education in this county is looked at as an elitist; God forbid that someone be successful in these here parts!

Anonymous said...

To 8:49, you are a prime example as to why education funds cannot be cut.
Wake up folks. Property taxes in this county are very low. The superintendents and boards have done a good job to keep costs under control while providing an excellent education to our kids.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I understand how we can have all this "gas play" coming in here and directly impacting us and then still have funding cut in the schools and talk of raising taxes. 2 + 2 is not equaling 4.

Anonymous said...

They can put a gas well in the schoolyard and if the school does not own the mineral rights it won't benefit.

Anonymous said...

There is not enough money to pay me to do what our teachers do. Keep 25 or more kids in one room focused on one subject and take all of their verbal abuse and then if they DARE to discipline a child for disrupting the class so that the other ones can't learn thay will reap the abuse of the parents. A vast part of our society does not give these people the respect they deserve. To those of you who think they aren't paid enough, spend one day in their shoes in a classroom, then we'll talk

Anonymous said...

Greedy SOB's! Like I'm crying in my beer right now. Somebody has to give up someting - start at the top.

Anonymous said...

Put some gas wells in the school yards. Big profits from them ya know. And since there ARE NOT deadly, you won't have to chain them off from the kids. The profits can inturn lower our school taxes.

Anonymous said...

i think everyone should do home school..then see how much money the state will save..