Tom Wolf Has Plan To Slash Funding In 300 School Districts, Now Desperately Trying To Backtrack

Second Flip-Flop In A week

Should Attend South Central Town Hall And Explain Whether Or Not Funding Will Be Cut From Region’s Schools

 Today, after announcing last week a new school funding plan that would gut funding for 300 school districts, Tom Wolf is desperately trying to back track.

As WHYY reported last Friday, Wolf called for a change in the allocation of school funding that would cripple rural and Western school districts:

“During questions at a press conference in Philadelphia, Wolf said the state should push all basic education money through the formula it adopted two years ago.

‘We need a fair funding formula for all dollars going into public education,’ Wolf said in response to a question from Keystone Crossroads.

Wolf later affirmed that he was advocating for a complete formula-based distribution of dollars.

‘Yes. Yes,’ he said.

But Wolf’s idea would have major negative repercussions in many other shrinking districts, especially in the Western and rural parts of the state.

So while most students attend school in districts that would benefit from driving more money through the formula, most of the actual districts would lose out — more than 300 in all.” (WHYY, 6/29/18)

But now, after coming under fire from local school officials like Altoona Solicitor Carl Beard, who said Wolf’s plan would, “significantly impact in a negative way” the rural schools in Blair County, Wolf seems to be trying to walk his plan back.

As WHYY reported this morning:

“When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced last week he’d support sending all of the state’s education money through its new funding formula, he emboldened advocates and riled opponents. Now Wolf is hedging his position to say that any changes will “take time,” and that he would not support a sudden, radical shift in the way Pennsylvania doles out school dollars.” (WHYY7/5/18)

And one of the reasons Wolf is now trying to back away from his disaster of a school funding plan is doesn’t only harm rural districts. In fact, it will have harmful impacts on districts in the South Central region.

Here is a list of districts in the South Central region and how much funding they would lose in total and per pupil.

·      Millersburg SD, Dauphin County: $2,441,772 overall; $2,980 per pupil
·      Susquenita SD, Perry County: $5,185,171 overall; $2,813 per pupil
·      Halifax SD, Dauphin County: $2,840,915 overall; $2,641 per pupil
·      Newport SD, Perry County: $2,668,552 overall; $2,451 per pupil
·      Greenwood SD, Perry County: $1,428,736 ovearll; $1,788 per pupil
·      Juniata County SD, Juniata County: $4,181,423 overall; $1,402 per pupil
·      West Perry SD, Perry County: $3,553,833 overall; $1,391 per pupil
·      Upper Dauphin SD, Dauphin County: $1,727,474 overall; $1,388 per pupil
·      Big Spring SD, Cumberland County: $3,667,221 overall; $1,355 per pupil
·      Fairfield SD, Adams County: $1,415,893 overall; $1,309 per pupil
·      Littlestown Area SD, Adams County: $2,617,808 overall; $1,270 per pupil
·      Bermudian Springs SD, Adams County: $2,124,428 overall; $1,025 per pupil
·      Lower Dauphin SD, Dauphin County: $3,419,747 overall; $925 per pupil
·      South Western SD, York County: $2,381,469 overall; $886 per pupil
·      Spring Grove SD, York County: $3,281,035 overall; $839 per pupil
·      South Eastern SD, York County: $2,177,609 overall; $775 per pupil
·      Solanco SD, Lancaster County: $2,641,282 overall; $740 per pupil
·      Upper Adams SD, Adams County: $1,096,362 overall, $617 per pupil
·      Northern York SD, York County: $1,763,626 overall; $556 per pupil
·      Dover SD, York County; $2,079,943; $548 per pupil
·      Manheim Central SD, Lancaster County: $1,533,962 overall, $518 per pupil
·      Steelton Highspire SD, Dauphin County: $679,958 overall; $475 per pupil
·      Cocalico SD, Lancaster County: $1,048,697 overall; $345 per pupil
·      South Middleton SD, Cumberland County: $638,549 overall; $295 per pupil
·      East Pennsboro SD, Cumberland County: $646,073 overall; $231 per pupil
·      Red Lion SD, York County: $1,088,200 overall; $198 per pupil
·      Penn Manor SD, Lancaster County: $1,015,974 overall; $197 per pupil
·      Elizabethtown SD, Lancaster County: $626,538 overall; $163 per pupil
·      Warwick SD, Lancaster County: $591,577 overall; $143 per pupil
·      Gettysburg SD, Adams County: $416,551 overall; $134 per pupil
·      Donegal SD, Lancaster County: $404,052 overall; $132 per pupil
·      Eastern York SD, York County: $272,915 overall; $103 per pupil
·      Hempfield SD, Lancaster County: $513,695 overall; $76 per pupil

“His display of flip-flops this week makes it clear the type of feckless leader Pennsylvanians will have if they give Tom Wolf another term,” said Wagner for Governor spokesman Andrew Romeo. “First he tried to say he’s not for raising taxes, despite pushing for the largest tax increase in Pennsylvania history, and now, after he realized his disaster of an education plan would cut funding for 300 school districts, he’s frantically  trying to walk it back. If Tom Wolf had and ounce of courage he’d attend tonight’s Mechanicsburg town hall and tell the people of South Central Pennsylvania that he plans to snatch education funding from their children.”

This is the second time Wolf has flip-flopped in under a week. Over the weekend, he tried to take credit for keeping the income and sales taxes level, despite the fact he’s pushed for record increases for both of them during his time in office.

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