Image

4:35 AM / Friday July 1, 2022

10 Jul 2011

Thomas: schools and universities big losers in state budget

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
July 10, 2011 Category: Local Posted by:

HARRISBURG–State Rep. Curtis Thomas, D- Phila., said the state budget, which he voted against, cuts funding to basic and higher education to schools across Pennsylvania.

 

Thomas said education is underfunded by about $862 million yet the state revenues are showing a surplus upwards of $752 million.

 

Thomas said Temple University – which is located in the 181st Legislative District – has announced it would raise tuition 9.9 percent for in-state students and 5.4 percent for out-of-state students.

 

“The $21.8 million cut to the Philadelphia School District is an unprecedented attack on public education that will hurt children and cause thousands of jobs,” Thomas said. “Also, working families will be greatly impacted because cuts to the school district have led the City of Philadelphia to approve a 3.85% property tax increase.”Thomas said.

 

Image

The Philadelphia legislator said tuition will rise 7.5 percent in the fall at the 14 state-owned universities, which includes Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Other universities, including Lincoln University and the University of Pittsburgh, have not yet announced tuition increases.

 

Thomas said the Corbett-Republican team has taken money away from our children’s school programs in exchange for protecting big corporations and big oil and natural gas companies from having to pay their fair share of taxes.

 

“Under this budget, attending college may be out of reach for some students because their families just won’t be able to afford it,” Thomas said.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Stateside

Testimony: Trump fought security official for control of the presidential SUV on Jan. 6, demanded to be taken the Capitol as the insurrection began

June 28, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump rebuffed his own security’s warnings about armed protesters...

Commentary

Guest Commentary
Solutions, not excuses; People are dying every day

June 25, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Above photo: FRIENDS AND MEMBERS OF THE MOTHER BETHEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH...

Education

Community College of Philadelphia to pay off $1.4 million in outstanding student account balances

June 17, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Community College of Philadelphia announced that it will pay off more than $1.4...

Color Of Money

Americans still have financial goals, just not sure how they will reach them

June 24, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT If you have a vision for where you’d like to be financially...

Politics

Takeaways: Trump’s mind ‘made up’ on fraud ahead of Jan. 6

June 17, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: A video exhibit plays as the House select committee investigating the...

Go With The-Flo

Sherri Shepherd’s talk show, “Sherri,” to air in place of former “The Wendy Williams Show”

June 17, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Sherri Shepherd (Photo: s_bukley / Shutterstock) By Flo Anthony After 13...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff