Grove Supports $250 Million Boost in School Funding
1/29/2014
HARRISBURG – Citing the gross inequity of the Pennsylvania school funding formula, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) supports proposed legislation to increase state funding to school districts in Pennsylvania that receive less than 35 percent of their funding from the Commonwealth.

“The Pennsylvania Constitution requires the General Assembly to provide for a ‘thorough and efficient’ school system for our children,” Grove said. “The state funding formula has hit our district especially hard, and we must find ways to properly fund our schools while still driving down property taxes.”

While some districts receive as much as 78 percent of their total school funding from the state, others receive just 10 percent of their school funding from the Commonwealth. Those figures translate to a statewide high of $12,102 per student to a statewide low of $478 in Basic Education Funding.

To help address the disparities in the current school funding formula, Grove is co-sponsoring legislation authored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery County) to create the Local Effort Equalization Fund (LEEF). This fund would provide a supplement to property taxpayers in school districts receiving less than 35 percent of their total funding from the state. The LEEF would be funded by transferring $250 million from slot machine tax revenue currently going to the Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF). Since its inception, the RHDF has received more than $1.7 billion.

“Horse racing is known as the ‘The Sport of Kings,’” Grove added. “Some of those who have won enhanced purses provided by the RHDF include Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, and countless, out-of-state, millionaire racehorse owners. It comes down to sheiks versus students, and I’ll pick students every time.”

According to the most recent data available, 211 school districts would benefit from this supplement.

School districts in the 196th district would see the following increases:

• Dover Area School District: $1,297,267.
• Northern York County School District: $753,856.
• Spring Grove Area School District: $1,110,405.
• West York Area School District: $1,039,798.

“This is a commonsense step in the right direction to increase much-needed funding to our schools, from a pot that is available right now,” Grove said. “It can help schools meet budget requirements and drive down property taxes. It’s a win for everyone.”

The bill will soon be introduced to the House Education Committee.

For more information on Grove’s legislative goals visit www.repgrove.com or www.Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Mike Straub
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