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Governor signs education funding formula

Gov. Wolf signed House Bill 1552, which amends the Public School Code to provide a student-weighted formula for disbursement of basic education funding. The vote was 188-3 in the House and 49-1 in the Senate. Read AFT Pennsylvania President Ted Kirsch's comments below:

PA school funding increase a 'temporary reprieve'

AFT President Ted Kirsch released a statement today on Governor Wolf's decision to allow House Bill 1801, the General Fund Budget, become law without his signature. Find out how much additional funding your district received here.

Stop playing games with PA students' futures

AFTPA's President Ted Kirsch urges GOP House leaders to stop playing games with children's futures by attempting a line-item override of the Governor's #PaBudget veto. Read Kirsch's full statement. 

Kirsch testifies before PA House committee on education funding

"Schools must ensure that all children are well prepared for life, college or a career and ready to contribute to their communities," AFTPA President Ted Kirsch testified before the PA House Democratic Policy Committee. "Lamakers must value more than academic standards and test scores."

Pension 'reforms' could be hazardous to your financial security

The Corbett administration has declared war on the teachers' and public employees' pension systems. Calling the nearly 100-year-old pension systems a "tapeworm," Gov. Corbett said pension "reform" is a top priority this year. Find out what this means for your future financial security.

Statement on PA Budget Office's Pension Report

The Corbett administration is using scare tactics, exaggerations and misinformation to convince the public that public employee pensions must be cut or eliminated to prevent state pension funds from consuming tax dollars that should go to schools, roads and other vital services. Read