The Curious Case of North Penn School District & The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA)

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is a nonprofit statewide association of public school boards, pledged to the highest ideals of local lay leadership for the public schools of the commonwealth. Founded in 1895, it has a rich history as the first school boards association established in the United States. The PSBA empowers elected school board members to succeed by providing vital tools, superior training and powerful advocacy. They promote high quality, locally driven public education for all Pennsylvania students.

North Penn Neighbors for Progress candidates, if elected, intend to fully participate and take advantage of all that being a member of PSBA has to offer. While NPSD is one of the largest districts in the state, we are one of the very few that does not currently participate in the PSBA.

This is a group specifically set up to lobby our representatives in Harrisburg on behalf of public education. What are we missing out on by not participating? Well, simply put, we do not have a seat at the table.

Currently, one of the issues being discussed in Harrisburg is the Fair Funding Formula. This is a formula that determines how much each district gets in funding from the State of Pennsylvania. School districts used to get funds based on student population, but now even if their populations decrease, there is what is called a “Hold Harmless “provision. This provision was enacted so that no district would receive fewer funds than they had in previous years, just because they had fewer students.

This benefits school districts mostly in the western part of the state whose populations have dropped. Meanwhile in the eastern part of the state, where school populations have increased, funding has not been increased in the same proportion.

The Fair Funding Formula would fix this. NPSD could potentially receive $6.6 million more dollars from the state, if this formula was enacted.

What would $6.6 million do for NPSD?

  • $6.6 million would pretty much close our budget gap for 2017/2018
  • Could more than fund Full Day Kindergarten
  • Could help lessen the tax burden on the residents of our school district
  • Could hire more teachers effectively reducing class sizes

So, why are we not participating and making North Penn School District’s voice heard?