James: Governor Cut Nearly $700,000 in Local School Funding - Dollars redistributed from local schools to Philadelphia
SENECA – State Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) today slammed the unilateral decision by Gov. Tom Wolf to cut nearly $700,000 in funding for local schools in Venango County and redistribute the money to schools in Philadelphia.

“The governor is taking money away from our local students and giving it away to schools in Philadelphia,” James said.

The governor’s decision came after he recently vetoed a bill accompanying the state budget that determines how school funds are distributed across the Commonwealth. After vetoing the funding plan approved by the Legislature, the governor decided to arbitrarily redistribute funds.

Cranberry Area, Franklin Area, Oil City Area, Titusville Area and Valley Grove school districts together will lose more than $687,000 as a result of the governor’s decision.

The School District of Philadelphia, by comparison, will receive more than $34 million in redistributed funds as a result of the governor’s action.

“By cutting these funds, the governor is going back on his promise to students and parents to support our schools,” James said. “The governor’s action indicates he appears to value the education of a child in Philadelphia more than he values the education of a child in Venango County.”

James questioned the constitutionality of the governor’s decision.

“The governor is redistributing education money based on a personal desire instead of an existing law,” James said.

A complete spreadsheet detailing the governor’s redistribution of education dollars is available on James’ website at RepJames.com by clicking on the “governor’s redistribution of school funds” link on the left-hand side.

Representative Lee James
64th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Dan Massing
RepJames.com / Facebook.com/RepLeeJames
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