The House Education Committee just passed House Bill 2010, by Rep. Jon Hubbard, that would basically remove the 350 threshold that school districts are required to maintain in order to avoid consolidation. I only heard one no vote.
Hubbard pointed to the Weiner School District, which was required to consolidate with Harrisburg even though it was performing well academically.
It now goes to the House. We’ll see.
Now Hubbard is testifying in favor of House Bill 2011 that would pay private school families and home-school families. It would have an immediate impact of more than $80 million. The parents would be reimbursed for expenses. Under questioning, he says he doesn’t have the details worked out. It would take effect next year.