by Elizabeth Timberlake-Newell
In February, every school board member and superintendent in Pennsylvania was holding his or her breath, waiting to hear the details of Governor Corbett’s budget. Some were bracing for the worst.
Jeffrey Ammerman, business administrator for State College Area School District (SCASD) assumed Basic Education funding (the amount allotted by the state for student achievement) would fall by $500,000.
He also assumed that the Accountability Block Grant would remain the same at $128,000. This grant was a $200 million investment offered to schools beginning in 2004-2005 to establish, maintain or expand pre-kindergarten, full day kindergarten and smaller class sizes in kindergarten through third grade.
According to Corbett’s budget, only the state’s share of money paid out for district personnel pensions would increase. Read more »