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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2018 03:27 PM
From: Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill
To: All Senate members
Subject: Unfunded Educational Mandates
Too often school districts are saddled with increasing costs from new mandates out of Harrisburg. The financial impact of these mandates on school districts is significant requiring school districts to implement new education policies without providing the necessary funding.

Although these mandates come with good intentions, they often lead to unintended consequences for students and taxpayers. These consequences often include less money reaching the classroom and/or increased property taxes.

In the near future, I plan to re-introduce House Bill 208 of last session to amend the constitution to prohibit unfunded mandates on school districts. Under this bill, any mandate passed by legislation or executive action must be fully-funded. This funding would have to be available for school districts prior to implementation of the mandate. By placing this restriction on the constitution, school districts will be able to focus on directing more money into the classroom without raising property taxes.

Introduced as SB254