Challenging Financial Conditions Getting Worse for School Districts Statewide
HARRISBURG, PA (February 23, 2015) — Challenging situations are getting worse in schools statewide according to an update to the annual Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) budget survey.
School districts overwhelmingly implemented last spring’s projected budget cuts, staff reductions, and tax hikes in their final spending plans for fiscal year 2014-15. Ninety-nine percent of respondents project more of the same or worsening fiscal conditions in 2015-16.
“Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, school leaders are saying they will need to do less in order to balance their budgets,” said PASA Executive Director Jim Buckheit. “The state has an obligation to provide equity and adequate basic education funding for all schools. This is an annual problem that is within our reach to fix this year.”
Full press release and report: “Continued Cuts: The PASA-PASBO Report on School District Budgets”, 02/23/15