How much money in the 2019-20 Pa. state budget is heading to your school district?

Jan Murphy | Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

The finalized $34 billion state budget includes more than $6.2 billion in direct support to help fund school districts’ basic operation in 2019-20.

Most districts are estimated to receive an increase although a half dozen receive less than a 1 percent cut with Clarion-Limestone Area School District in Clarion County being cut the most. On the other end, York Suburban School District in York County appears to receive the greatest increase at 16.1 percent.

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New report blasts Pennsylvania policy on school district mergers

Elizabeth Behrman | Tuesday, July 24, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The saga of the Midland Borough School District and its struggles to find a place for its high school students is highlighted in a new report about how some states “strand” students in impoverished schools.

EdBuild, a New Jersey-based think tank that researches school funding and equity issues across the country, released a report Tuesday that explores state policies regarding district mergers and consolidations. Pennsylvania is one of 39 states that allows districts to consolidate if both school boards agree, and does not offer any incentives or have a policy that allows the state mandate that districts do so.

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