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Public school advocates call for funding changes in Pennsylvania

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 22 2014 11:05:41 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 22 2014 02:56:33 PM CDT
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Advocates for Pennsylvania public schools are demanding more money and a fairer funding formula.

Leaders of statewide groups including school boards, administrators and business officials Tuesday released a survey they commissioned that shows majorities of voters believe public schools affect the economy and that school funding should be increased.

Jim Buckheit, of the school administrators' group, said Pennsylvania's public education funding lags the national average even though schools are critical to a strong economy.

Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing a 3 percent increase in school aid for the year that starts July 1, including a $340 million grant program that gives schools flexibility in improving student achievement.

Jay Himes, of the school business officials' group, said the present school funding formula results in an unpredictable distribution of state money.