Education

September 24, 2012

Any reform must be fair, transparent and based on an individual’s ability to pay, PBPC Director Sharon Ward testified before the House Select Committee on Property Tax today.

July 26, 2012

"Eliminating school property taxes in Pennsylvania ... would have dire unintended consequences for our state, our residents, and our children," Michael Wood testified before the Senate Finance Committee today.

June 29, 2012

In addition to passing a state budget, the General Assembly is moving legislation to change the rules for charter school authorization, expand the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, provide additional funding for distressed schools and establish new standards for teacher evaluations.

June 26, 2012

Accountability block grants will be flat-funded at $100 million, and higher education funding is restored to current year levels. Get more details, including education funding by school district.

June 25, 2012

Expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) now will drain more state revenue away from public schools at a time when many are laying off teachers, cutting kindergarten or prekindergarten, and eliminating courses, PBPC researchers write in a new analysis.

Updated: June 11, 2012

Legislation to eliminate all school property taxes in the commonwealth would have dire unintended consequences for our state, our residents and our children, PBPC Research Director Michael Wood testified before the state House Finance Committee.

May 22, 2012

Next year, Pennsylvania will spend $2.4 billion on business tax breaks. That amount has tripled over the last 10 years and does not count the hundreds of millions of dollars lost annually to corporate tax loopholes.

May 9, 2012

The Pennsylvania Senate approved a $27.6 billion budget plan that restores the Governor's cuts to higher education and some cuts made to K-12 education.

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