Yesterday, The Indiana Gazette Editorial Board criticized Tom Wolf and his plan to apply the 2016 funding formula to all education dollars, which would cut funding for 362 school districts. The Wolf campaign fought for nearly a day to get the piece corrected, but in doing so, confirmed that Tom Wolf does indeed support a plan that would result in cuts for school districts.

The Indiana Gazette first wrote Monday morning: 

  • “If Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to fully implement the fair funding formula for Pennsylvania school districts were ever to go into effect, property owners in Indiana County would no doubt view it as anything but fair.” (Indiana Gazette, 7/24/18)
The Wolf campaign took exception to the content in the paragraph above, and late yesterday afternoon made The Indiana Gazette scrub the editorial from its website while they attempted to dispute it.

The Indiana Gazette then updated the story at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning to read: 

  • “If Gov. Tom Wolf’s support of fully implementing the fair funding formula for Pennsylvania school districts helps it go into effect, property owners in Indiana County would no doubt view it as anything but fair.” (Indiana Gazette7/25/18)
There is also disclaimer at the bottom of the piece that reads: 
  • “This editorial was updated at 11 a.m. Wednesday to clarify that the fair funding proposal was a legislative action, not one from the governor’s office.”
WHAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE? 

The Wolf campaign spent a day trying to make it clear to Pennsylvanians that the Governor wasn’t the original mastermind behind HB2501, which would cut over $1 billion for 362 school districts.

They want instead for people of Pennsylvania to know that the Wolf is just a mere supporter of the measure that was thought up by Representative Rabb – just like his chief of staff said on June 21, 2018

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