Harrisburg, PA – As Pennsylvania state budget talks continue, much of the focus is on the education department.

Senate Democrats raised questions about how money is being appropriated under Pennsylvania’s new equitable school funding formula. They are concerned that the formula applies only to new funding sources, not to the traditional funding sources, meaning many poorer districts still aren’t seeing benefits.

The Senators also expressed their desire to see more funding committed to renovating older school buildings, some of which are 50-60 years old and contain lead, asbestos and other toxins.

Another funding problem they addressed is the source of the money the Governor wants to use to raise minimum teacher pay to $45,000 a year. Many senators are not happy that the money would come out of existing funds, saying the raise should come from newly earmarked funds.

Click Here to see a breakdown of the proposed 2019-2020 state budget.

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