The Fleetwood School Board is facing a deficit of up to $1.3 million in its preliminary budget for the next school year, and officials said that even if they were to raise property taxes to the highest allowable rate, the district would face a deficit of about $462,000. This is because the state lags in increasing its investments in K-12 schools. Pennsylvania ranks 46th in the nation in the state share for public schools.
If the state would fully and adequately fund public schools, Fleetwood schools would receive an additional $7 million each year. That could prevent further painful cuts to education programs and relieve local taxpayers. It is time for lawmakers to make students a priority and increase state funding for public schools.
Education Voters of PA