Your Tax Dollars Subsidize Philadelphia Schools
By State Rep. Curt Sonney
4th Legislative District

Last month, Gov. Tom Wolf chose to shortchange 423 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, which will now all receive less money. The Corry Area, Fort LeBoeuf, Harbor Creek, North East, Union City Area and Wattsburg Area school districts will lose a combined total of more than $365,000. Even the Erie City School District will be shortchanged by more than $1.1 million – all because of Gov. Wolf’s need to have it his way.

Two years ago, the Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC) was created to address inadequacies in Pennsylvania’s basic education funding formula. This bipartisan group of 15 state officials unveiled its results last June. What they recommended was a vast improvement over the existing formula, which did not account for changes in school enrollment, household income or a school district’s ability to generate local tax-related revenue.

Gov. Tom Wolf called the commission’s work a big step forward for the people of Pennsylvania and for our education system. He described it as being more transparent, as well as fair and more predictable. This week, he went against his own words.

In addition to ignoring the commission’s work by using a formula of his own creation, the governor is sending MORE THAN $1 BILLION in basic education funding to the School District of Philadelphia. This is 18 percent of the money made available in the state budget and far more than any of Pennsylvania’s other 499 school districts is receiving.

The citizens of the 4th Legislative District are not responsible for subsidizing the School District of Philadelphia at the expense of their own students.

Questions about these bills or any legislative issue should be directed to my Corry district office at (814) 664-9126 or his Harborcreek office at (814) 897-2080.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Scott Little
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