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State education funding highlighted in Cambria Co. hearing

By: WJAC Web Staff

EBENSBURG, Pa. -- A state leader was in the area to hear from local school officials about the funding formula for charter, cyber, home schooling and traditional public education in the state.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted his third of five hearings at the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg Thursday afternoon as he continues to look at possible reforms to education funding across the commonwealth.

Penns Valley Area School District Superintendent Brian Griffith and Rockwood Area Superintendent Mark Bower were two of the local officials to testify at the hearing.

In addition to public school leaders, those from cyber and charter schools were also asked to testify. Both superintendents said one of the biggest challenges faced by public schools is the amount of money they're required to pay for students in other educational settings and the decreases they see in enrollment as families choose charter schools.

DePasquale said the hearings are part of a report his office is compiling to find ways to improve accountability, effectiveness and transparency of charter schools.

"No matter what side of the issue you're on, everyone seems to agree that it's not working, meaning there are gaps in the law," DePasquale said. "Things can be improved, accountability that could be improved and the whole relationship between traditional public schools and brick and mortar charter schools. We really need to find a way to make this work."

Two hearings remain before the report is compiled and recommendations are suggested to improve or change the law.



 
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