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Education, spending roles finally being cast in legislature

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The pieces are starting to fall into place in the legislature as the incoming administration prepares to tackle the volatile issue of education funding in Pennsylvania.

The state House and Senate GOP leaders have named the chairs of their education committees. Lawmakers expect the panels to see a lot of action in the coming legislative session, because Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has underlined education funding as his top priority upon entering office.

In the House, the education chairman is Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, who said he hopes to work on a new funding formula for schools.

"Nobody understands the current funding formula," said Saylor. "That’s part of the problem."

The Basic Education Funding Commission is winding down its study of the state’s method for divvying up education money. A report is due to the legislature in June.

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