(April 1) Legislators want state to repay schools owed $1.7B with Corbett’s proposed block grant money

By Jeff Frantz | jfrantz@pennlive.com 
on March 31, 2014 at 3:46 PM, updated March 31, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Gov. Tom Corbett wants the state to spend an extra $240 million on education block grants next year.

But some lawmakers in the House are wondering if some of that money wouldn’t be better spent repaying school districts millions in overdue reimbursements for construction costs. That idea came up Monday before the House Education Committee in a hearing on a bill that would overhaul PlanCon, the state’s system for reimbursing districts.

Pennsylvania owes districts $1.7 billion for work that has been fully or partially approved. Many of those projects began during the great recession. The backlog is so bad, the state placed a moratorium on districts applying to join the program two years ago. Right now, the moratorium is likely to continue for at least another year.

Full story: Legislators want state to repay schools owed $1.7B with Corbett’s proposed block grant money Jeff Frantz, The Patriot-News, 4/1/14

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