Pa. teacher union outlines effect of funding cuts

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new report by Pennsylvania’s largest teachers’ union says funding cuts are forcing some difficult decisions on school districts throughout the state.

Pennlive.com reported Friday (http://bit.ly/18GkDbf) on the release of “Sounding the Alarm 2,” an update on the fallout from an $860 million reduction in funding two years ago.

The union study documents reductions in programs and other painful choices by school districts around the state.

Union president Mike Crossey argues the cuts have disproportionately hurt poorer districts and believes the state needs to restore more of the funding.

An Education Department spokesman blames the reductions to the elimination of federal stimulus money.

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Online:

Study: http://www.psea.org/general.aspx?id=10591

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Information from: The Patriot-News, http://www.pennlive.com/patriotnews

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