Monday, April 27, 2009

Governor Rendell Concedes Plan to Merge PA Schools Stalled

When Governor Rendell suggested consolidating Pennsylvania's school districts from 501 to 100 in February, the idea got a lot of attention. Rendell wanted lawmakers to form a commission to study the plan, and report back ways to make it happen. But the governor notes there hasn't been much progress on that front, to-date. “We've been so busy with the economy and the budget that I haven't had a chance to check on it. I've asked the legislature to study this. They should absolutely do that, and see what the commission recommends.” Says Rendell. The state is facing a projected $2.3 billion budget gap this year, and has until June 30 to pass next year's spending plan. Making maters worse, Republicans aren't keen on Rendell's consolidation idea. House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin says districts can decide whether or not to merge on their own, and devoting lawmakers' time to studying the issue would be a waste of resources

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