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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 16, 2013: Since 1991-92 there has been no set formula for providing funds for PA schools. 65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year.

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There was almost $227 million in the PA budget’s Charter Reimbursement line before it was zeroed out. 23 percent of school districts plan to delay purchasing textbooks. Those meetings, held out of public view, are typically used by officials to discuss issues they deem too sensitive to be aired in public, such as hiring or firing decisions, labor contracts or pending litigation.

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