Pa. education funding panel holds first meeting

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 15-member commission that'll recommend how Pennsylvania should change how it funds public education is up and running.

The Basic Education Funding Commission held its first meeting Thursday, and Pennlive.com reported (http://bit.ly/1nEWEQR ) the members acknowledged the size of the challenge before them.

The commission has about a year to complete its work and recommend changes to the formula used to divide $5.5 billion in annual state support among the 500 districts and charter schools.

Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq says the key factor needs to be the number of students enrolled in each school and district.

She tells Pennlive.com the panel also needs to examine the funding system's practice of not decreasing a district's subsidy from year to year.

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Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com