PA School Districts Brace For Prolonged State Budget Battle
The school year is soon to begin, and districts across the state of Pennsylvania are faced with a troubling proposition: How do you stay afloat when a very large chunk of your budget is nonexistent?
School leaders face this question as first-year Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and leaders of the Republican-held state House and Senate continue to disagree about how to frame the state's spending plan.
As the first day of classes draws near, districts have not received any of the state aid that would typically begin flowing in August.
"Right now, we're obviously not getting any money in – that has a huge effect on the district," said Gary Kiernan, business manager for the Susquehanna Community School District.