Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gov. Wolf Refuses to Sign Legislation on School Funding

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gov. Wolf Refuses to Sign Legislation on School Funding

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HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Wolf's office said Friday that he will allow a bill affecting the distribution of K-12 education funds to become law without his signature.

The so-called fiscal code legislation provides for an increase in the main K-12 education line to be distributed according to a formula developed by a bipartisan commission. Mr. Wolf had said he wanted to distribute the money differently in order to restore previous cuts to education funding.

The legislation also provides for the state to borrow $2.5 billion to reimburse school districts for construction projects.

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association praised the announcement.

"This legislation implements a fair, reliable school funding formula that would provide financial predictability to school districts across the state as recommended by the extensive research of the Basic Education Funding Commission in 2014-15," said executive director Nathan Mains. …

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