Pa. school funding panel wants more time to issue report

A 15-member commission created to produce an objective formula to distribute state aid to Pennsylvania’s public schools is not going to meet its deadline.

Members said Tuesday they need more time beyond Wednesday’s one-year deadline to come up with recommendations.

Commission members, including Sen. Lloyd Smucker, say they believe a unanimous agreement on recommendations is possible.

The commission includes 12 lawmakers, split between Democrats and Republicans, and three senior aides to Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat who took office in January.

The recommendations can’t take effect unless they win support from the Republican-controlled Legislature and Wolf. A law signed last June by then-Gov. Tom Corbett created the commission and gave it a year to develop recommendations.

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