Your Tax Dollars Subsidize Philadelphia Schools
By State Rep. Joe Emrick
137th Legislative District

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf chose to shortchange 423 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, which will now all receive less money. The Bangor, Easton and Nazareth Area school districts will lose a combined total of more than $424,000 – 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.

This it totally unacceptable. The citizens of the 137th District are not responsible for subsidizing the School District of Philadelphia at the expense of their own students.

Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to my district office at (570) 897-0401 or (610) 746-5090.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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