Pa. attorney general vows to back schools threatened with loss of funding over distance learning

By: Deb Erdley

As schools across the region continue to finalize arrangements for a return to class next month, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has added his voice to the debate.

In a letter this week to district superintendents, Shapiro threatened to intervene on behalf of schools should the federal government withhold money from those that opt against full-time in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Malloy vetoes ECS funding bill, prompting likely veto override session

The following state legislative speed read comes by way of Dentons50 partner firm the Connecticut Group.

Dannel Malloy vetoed his first bill from the 2018 regular session Friday, blocking a proposal that would have prevented he and future governors from making cuts to education-cost sharing (“ECS”) grants as a means of balancing budget shortfalls.

Malloy has used his ECS rescission powers in past years to reduce funding to some of the wealthiest municipalities in the state, which he argues can afford to absorb the cuts.

The bill–H.B. 5121, An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions Or Other Reductions To The Education Cost Sharing Grant During The Fiscal Year–passed the Senate unanimously and received just 32 nay votes in the House, virtually ensuring that the governor’s veto will be overridden if the legislature deems it worthy to do so.