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Mackenzie Applauds Passage of Bill to Examine Basic Education Funding
1/16/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) applauded House passage Wednesday of a measure he co-sponsored that would establish a commission to study and recommend a new formula for distributing state funding to school districts for basic education. The legislation, House Bill 1738, passed on a bipartisan vote of 187-9.

“Pennsylvania is one of only three states that does not have a K-12 education funding formula established by law,” said Mackenzie. “Because we have not had objective, measureable criteria to weigh the funding needs of school districts, state education dollars have not been fairly distributed. This has particularly placed schools in growing areas at a disadvantage.”

Operating in a similar manner to the Special Education Funding Formula Commission created last year, the new commission would be comprised of equal representation from the House and Senate majority and minority caucuses, along with representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the governor’s administration.

Commission members would be tasked with developing a formula that takes into account each school district’s market value to personal income aid ratio, equalized millage rate, geographic price differences, enrollment
levels, local support and other factors. The commission would be expected to issue a report of its findings and recommendations one year from the date of enactment, following a series of public hearings. Recommendations would not take effect unless enacted by the General Assembly.

“This is the first step toward helping the Commonwealth establish a formula for funding education that is fair and equitable,” said Mackenzie. “It also moves us closer toward property tax relief. Many school districts that have been negatively impacted by the current disbursement system have resorted to property tax increases to make up the shortfall in state funding.”

House Bill 1738 has now moved on to the Senate for further consideration.

For more information, please visit RepMackenzie.com.

Representative Ryan Mackenzie
134th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Ryan Travis, 717.260.6335
rtravis@pahousegop.com
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