Op-Ed Column by State Senator Lisa Boscola
The Basic Education Funding Formula is the single largest education funding stream in the commonwealth’s budget. Until 2014, each year when the General Assembly passed a budget it distributed basic education funding dollars to our school districts based on what they received the year before — regardless of whether the student population grew or shrank. This led to large disparities throughout the state when it came to where money went versus where it was needed.
To say I was disappointed with the outcome of legislative efforts to end gerrymandering once and for all would be an understatement. The bill (Senate Bill 22) that I authored and grassroots organizations championed was “Harrisburged.”
Since my first experience with map drawing back in 2001, it was apparent that partisanship plays too large a role in our redistricting effort. The recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court discarding the congressional maps merely serves to reaffirm this...
Recently, in Lancaster County, a 5-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped from her front yard. She was heroically rescued by two teenage boys who discovered her in the backseat of a car driven by suspect Harold Leroy Herr. The boys pursued the vehicle on bicycles until Herr released the girl and sped away.