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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: July 25, 2017 01:52 PM
From: Representative David S. Hickernell
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation to Prohibit Special Funding for Select School Districts (HB 1481 2015-16)
 
As you know, over the past few years, state budgets have included line items and implementing language to provide “Basic Education Formula Enhancements” or “Educational Access Programs” for certain school districts. The past 4 state budgets included the following special funding:
  • Current 2017-18--$23.15 Million
  • 2016-17--$6.03 Million
  • 2015-16--$6.275 Million
  • 2014-15--$3.95 Million

It is widely known that approximately $14 Million of the Educational Access Program Funds in the current budget will go to the Erie School District. And, language has been proposed to the Fiscal Code to make this $14 Million part of the District’s base Basic Education Funding (BEF) allocation which they would get each year. At this point, we don’t know where the remaining $9 Million will end up, but if last year’s allocation is any indication, a windfall of taxpayer dollars could be coming to a theatre near you!

In 2016-17, three school districts, including the Erie City SD, received this special funding totaling $2.067 Million. Of the remaining $3.963 Million that was appropriated, so far funding has gone to various non school district projects such as: libraries, museums, community centers, historical societies, and a musical theatre. So clearly, these “Educational Access Program Funds” are not only being sent to select school districts but are also being used to fund “pet” projects in certain legislative districts throughout the state.

Like many of you, I have very serious concerns about the practice of picking a few special school districts out of 500 to get a “bonus” which the other school districts do not receive. I believe it is wrong to allocate school funding dollars in this manner, especially now that we have a new fair funding formula to distribute BEF funds to school districts. In order to prevent this from being part of future budget negotiations, I plan to reintroduce legislation to prohibit such enhancements, educational access program funding, or any other supplemental funding allocations for select school districts.

Under this legislation, all funding would be required to be formula driven or distributed through a competitive grant program.

Please consider joining me in sponsoring this legislation.


Previous Co-Sponsors of HB 1481: HICKERNELL, CUTLER, SAYLOR, MAJOR, STEPHENS, LAWRENCE, DIAMOND, PICKETT, MALONEY, MILLARD, EMRICK, FEE, REGAN, BLOOM, WARNER, KAUFFMAN, KAUFER, MENTZER, WARD, METCALFE, PYLE, KNOWLES, B. MILLER, MURT, KLUNK, TALLMAN, TRUITT, O'NEILL, GILLEN, MARSICO, M. K. KELLER, ROAE, BOBACK, TOOHIL, RADER, DUSH, PHILLIPS-HILL, McGINNIS, A. HARRIS, HELM, ZIMMERMAN, GREINER, EVERETT, KRIEGER, MOUL, WATSON, GINGRICH, GILLESPIE, SACCONE, GABLER, MILNE, JOZWIAK, DUNBAR and BENNINGHOFF



Introduced as HB1744