As the Scranton School District experiences a budget shortfall and “dire” projections for years ahead, the district won’t be able to count on the state for assistance.
Before the coronavirus pandemic limited gatherings and closed buildings in March, teachers had planned to take buses to Harrisburg to demand equitable funding.
“As soon as things are lifted, we’re going to Harrisburg,” said Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers.
While educators hope to see funding levels rise to those of similar urban districts, local legislators know finding money in the state budget to do that will be difficult.
In May, with revenue levels uncertain, lawmakers passed a stopgap budget that kept funding in most areas flat for five months. Basic education, the district’s largest state revenue source, was funded for a year at 2019-20 levels.
The state had previously given the district one-time payments to help balance the budget