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Pa. school districts could net extra $456M a year, if education advocates prevail

In Erie County, a superintendent says a handful of relatively straightforward state reforms could free up enough money for his financially pinched school district to make security upgrades and invest in more mental health services.


Across the commonwealth, Montgomery County education leaders predict the same changes could help them pay to install air conditioning units in their middle schools. And in Beaver County, projected savings from the proposal could help stave off future tax increases for residents, another superintendent says.


These public school leaders are talking about reforming Pennsylvania’s cyber charter funding structure, a decades-old system that many districts agree is broken and a growing budgetary albatross.