Corbett’s Education Spending Hike Covers Pensions, Not Books

It was meant to quiet Gov. Tom Corbett‘s critics who claimed his budget proposal would eviscerate public education: an interactive website touting how he is bestowing the “largest amount of funding to public schools in state history.”

But the state Department of Education’s new website,, shows the vast majority of Corbett’s $338.1 million, or 3.7 percent, increase in education spending would not go toward classroom learning as his administration claims.

It would go to cover the state’s mandatory increase in its share of public school employees’ retirement payments, which originated in the Legislature’s 2001 decision to increase pensions for its members and all state employees.

Click here to read the full article from the The Morning Call  (March 5, 2012).

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