(Feb 4) Corbett gives schools more money — but with strings attached

By Adam Clark and Jacqueline Palochko, Of The Morning Call  9:05 p.m. EST, February 4, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett wants to spend $386 million more on education in 2014-15 but is attaching strings on the way school districts can use the money.

Corbett’s budget, announced Tuesday, calls for increasing education spending to $11.9 billion, an amount that represents more than 40 percent of the state budget.

The additional money comes in the form of a $241 million increase for the newly named Ready to Learn Block Grant, a new $25 million college scholarship fund, a $20 million increase in special education funding and $10 million more for early education, among other initiatives.

Meanwhile, the proposed basic education subsidy for public schools is flat, as is funding for the state-owned and state-related universities.

The budget proposal drew a mixed response from school officials, who were glad to get the new money but upset that Corbett outlined how they should spend it.

Full story: Corbett gives schools more money — but with strings attached Adam Clark and Jacqueline Palochko, The Morning Call, 2/4/14

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