District Forum has become aware of proposed radical changes in how education is funded in the form of Senate Bill 76 (SB 76). While bills like this have been proposed in the past, there’s evidence there’s more momentum for it this year. Proponents for the bill tout property tax benefits by altering how Pennsylvanians fund schools. Our own research and discussions with the FCASD administration have led District Forum to conclude that FCASD would be detrimentally impacted by these proposed changes. Unequivocally, for our children, SB 76, if passed, would have dire and almost immediate consequences to the quality of education that could be provided in our district.
Losing local control of our tax dollars will end popular programs like Camp Allegheny and virtually guarantee class size increases. Our school community’s future planning will center on reductions in programs and facility expenditures—elementary school consolidation and redistricting students becoming a real possibility. Discussions of investments in technology and the STEM curriculum, expansion of the foreign language program and other enrichments will disappear as money dissipates—which it will under the proposed plan. It is safe to say that under SB 76, FCASD’s future will be very different.
Fortunately, SB 76 has not been approved—YET—and it is not too late for our community to voice our concerns to our legislatures. That’s why we are inviting all stakeholders in FCASD to attend an EMERGENCY District Forum Meeting, Tuesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in the High School LGI Room (by the entrance with the Fox Statue). We urge everyone to come learn the facts about the proposed funding changes and how best to act in the interest of our children.
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