Pennsylvania School District Consolidation?

    Should the school districts in Pennsylvania be consolidated? This past February in his budget address, Governor Rendell proposed scaling the Pennsylvania school districts with fewer than 5,000 students back from 501 to 100 as a way to reduce costs, slash taxes and to increase student performance. Rendell proposed a 12-member study legislative commission to hold public hearing on this for a year. And in April, state senator John Wozniak, a four-term Democrat from rural Cambria County, introduced a bill to create a two-year, 15-member commission composed of lawmakers, educators, administrators and parents to study the economic feasibility of reducing the amount of school districts. Our guests today are State Senator JOHN WOZNIAK, DAVID DEVARE, Director of Research Services for Pennsylvania School Board Association, and DONNA COOPER, Secretary of Governor Rendell’s Office of Policy & Planning. Listen to the mp3

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