How to Make $1.5 Million of Your Money Disappear

The non-partisan group Education Voters of PA released a report this month on Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools. Here’s what the report says in a nutshell: Cyber charter schools don’t cost nearly as much to operate as traditional brick and mortar schools, yet they continue to siphon off more than their fair share of tax dollars […]

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Unfunded Mandate Exhibit A

While local taxpayers bear most of the burden for funding our local schools, many of the costs are imposed by lawmakers in Harrisburg and Washington (see Yes! I’m a Patsy for more on this). Last night’s school board meeting provided a small, but important, example: One of the items on the agenda was a contract […]

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The 2017-2018 School Budget

Monday was the last day of school in East Penn, and it also marked the school board’s final vote to approve the budget for next fall. The district will spend approximately $149 million in 2017-2018, which requires a tax increase of 2.19%.  This last number is sometimes the only number people look at when evaluating […]

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Inequality is Expensive

​Most people understand that there is growing inequality in the United States.  The wealthiest Americans today control a much larger share of the total wealth of the country than they did in past decades, while increasing numbers of people struggle to meet basic household expenses.  This divide is widening in our own community too.  The […]

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Passing the Buck (or, Yes! I’m a Patsy)

You’ve heard the saying “the buck stops here,” right?  President Truman famously kept a sign with the phrase on his desk.  He recognized the common sense idea that leaders should take responsibility for the consequences of their decisions. But as we all well know, most politicians don’t like this idea very much.   Our representatives […]

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