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Thursday, June 9, 2011

How is this budget going to affect your community?

As we near the end of the fiscal year, school districts are coming to terms with the cuts they will have to make with the budgets that the Governor and the House are proposing. Below are some of the cuts school districts are expecting to make:

Harrisburg School District – will furlough 226 employees and close four school buildings on top of dropping its in-house vocational and technical programs and ending full-day kindergarten.

York City School District – is facing a $25 million deficit, has laid off at least 140 employees already, and taxpayers are expecting to have to pay a 5.21% tax increase.

School District of Philadelphia – is facing a $629 million deficit for the next fiscal year that may have devastating consequences on full-day kindergarten, transportation services, class size and alternative schools.

Bethlehem School District - will cut 147 jobs, increase taxes by 1.7%, scale back their pre-k program, and institute an activity fee.

Brandywine Heights Area School District - 1.8% tax increase

South Williamsport Area School District - an 8% tax increase

A survey conducted for the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, shows that 64% of the 263 school districts who responded would eliminate tutoring and 51% would end summer school. In addition, more than 30% of school districts will eliminate full-day kindergarten, a program which has proven to be successful in improving student achievement and future economic gains.

How is your community and local school district handling these cuts?

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