The PA State budget, school district budgets and the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression—how does all of this fit into the funding our school districts require to continue educating students and serving their communities?
PSBA Chief Advocacy Officer, John Callahan and Director of Research, Andrew Christ join host Annette Stevenson to discuss the misnomer about reduced expenses during school closures, mandated expenses on-the-increase, the detrimental impacts of proposed property tax freezes and highlights of the pre-coronavirus data featured in the 2020 State of Education report.
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For the fourth year in a row, we’ve seen that mandated costs, like pensions, charter school tuition and special education, have caused the budget pressure to be the single biggest challenge facing school districts.
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This year is interesting because charter school tuition payments are now the biggest source of budget pressure for school districts.
The property tax freeze, it could be really detrimental to some school districts because that’s how they pay for these increased mandated costs.
While everybody’s concerned about the taxpayers, at the same time we have to kind of figure out how to educate and get through the crisis as well.
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Poverty costs school districts in so many different ways. The computer, the access to technology, the access to the internet or the need for different social work services. Poverty really impacts our school districts on the expense side of things.
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It’s the perfect time for school advocates to get out there and talk to the legislators, tell them their local story. Then also make that push. We need funding from the state level. We need your support in this time of crisis. It’s not time to pull back on education because we got to get through it.
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