House votes to tweak Pa. education funding distribution

    Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted to stop Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s use of a formula that targets extra subsidy money for school districts hardest hit by past spending cuts.

    Representatives voted 111-81 Tuesday to amend the fiscal code bill, important companion legislation to the state budget. The bill now goes back to the Senate.

    State government is operating on a partial budget amid a partisan stalemate now in its seventh month.

    Wolf has released about half of the school money through a hybrid formula that provides larger shares to districts hurt most by cuts made by his GOP predecessor.

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    Republicans say Wolf lacks authority to do that. They say subsidies over last year’s levels should be distributed through a formula that a bipartisan commission crafted last year.

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