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Friday, June 3, 2016

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, June 03, 2016
The latest news from the State Capitol 

 
School Funding -
Legislation I supported that ensures a fair distribution of funding to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts has been signed into law.

The formula, contained in House Bill 1552, was developed by the state’s bipartisan, bicameral Basic Education Funding Commission and originally opposed by Gov. Tom Wolf, whose intention it was to re-direct an inordinate amount of our local education funding to the School District of Philadelphia and a number of primarily urban school districts.

The commission devised its formula after conducting 15 hearings over the course of nearly a year, hearing from a wide range of experts and advocates in the education field, as well as parents, from urban, suburban and rural school districts throughout the state.

The formula would award funding based on several student-based factors, including student count; poverty; English language learners; and charter school enrollment. The formula assigned weights to each category to help determine the degree to which each factor drives up the cost of educating a student.

It also includes three school district-based factors which reflect student and community differences throughout the 500 Pennsylvania school districts. The three factors include a sparsity size adjustment for rural school districts; consideration of the district’s median household income; and assessment of the district’s ability to generate local tax-related revenue, as compared to the statewide median.

Chronic Wasting Disease…will be the subject of an informational meeting this Wednesday, June 8, at the state Capitol. Twelve more cases of the disease, which affects white-tailed deer, have recently been discovered in Pennsylvania.

You can watch the meeting on my website, RepGabler.com, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
 

Elk County Construction -
On Monday, replacement of the Brandy Camp Road bridge over Brandy Creek in Horton Township will begin. The project is expected to be completed in mid-August.

Routes 219 and 948 will be used as a detour. Work will include removal of the current steel beams, installation of new concrete planks, concrete overlay and roadway paving.
 

Clearfield County Construction -
PennDOT will begin reconstruction of the Route 53/Morrisdale Allport Highway bridge over Emigh Run near Morrisdale on Monday, June 13.

Traffic will be detoured using Route 53, I-80, Route 970 and Route 322. The detour will be in place for about two weeks, after which only shoulder closures will be needed to complete the remaining work.

The project should take about a month to complete.

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