Voucher Bill Could Mean Big Losses for District

by Manassee Wagh, Bucks County Courier Times

Centennial could lose more than a million dollars because of a school choice voucher bill that’s awaiting a vote in the state Senate.

“The voucher bill is bringing up many challenges for Centennial,” said school board member Mark Miller at the board meeting Tuesday evening. Miller is also co-chair of the Keystone State Education Coalition, a grassroots public education advocacy group.

Centennial faces a $1.29 million loss from Senate Bill 1, a taxpayer-funded tuition voucher bill, which proposes deferring public tax dollars to private and parochial schools in Pennsylvania. That’s in addition to losses expected because of changing state funding formulas, Miller said.

“The amount each district gets is based on several variables tied to the actual amount of funds we receive from the state. We will lose more than New Hope-Solebury, Palisades, Council Rock and Central Bucks combined,” said Miller.

The school board plans to discuss possible repercussions of the bill and state budget cuts at a finance committee meeting planned for 7 p.m. April 25 in the administration building’s board meeting room.

“Contact your state senator, especially Tommy Tomlinson (R-6) to tell them not to vote for (the voucher bill). Senator Stewart Greenleaf (R-12) is already against it. He supports public education,” said Miller.

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