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January 12, 2011: Public Schools in Crisis - Why We Can’t Afford Our Public Schools

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The grim economic reality is that public schools as we know them, can’t survive the next few years.  It’s simple arithmetic - school revenues are flat or falling while expenses are rising dramatically.  Many of the costs are beyond control, unless the rules are changed in Harrisburg.

Negotiated salary increases, higher healthcare costs, rising utility rates, and most importantly - mandated pensions that far exceed those in the private sector, must be paid.  But there is no money, and no one will be coming to the rescue with new taxes or State funding.

Educators will be furloughed,programs dropped, and schools closed.  No one will escape the pain: taxpayers, teachers, students, unions and legislators. This forum examined what can be done to minimize the pain, and how innovative thinking might help.

Where We’re At and A Look at the Future - Charles F. Milner, Jr. President - Hourglass

2011-2013 County Schools Without Increased Revenues - Tim Shrom, CFO-Solanco School District

Our Schools - After Cuts to Staff and Programs - Dr. Brenda J. Becker, Superintendent -    Hempfield School District

Recent Initiatives to Improve Our Schools - Dr. Martin J. Hudacs, Superintendent -  Solanco School District and Pedro Rivera,
Superintendent - School District of Lancaster

Saving Our Students By Changing the Rules - Charles F. Milner, Jr. - Hourglass Changing The Rules Ideas

The Big Elephant in the Room - Pensions - Dr. Brian Jensen, Executive Director -  The Pennsylvania Economy League - Southwestern Chapter Summary of Act 120

Public Education Obituary - Dr. Robert Frick, Superintendent - Lampeter-Strasburg School District

Why We Need Public Schools - Dr. Michael Leichliter, Superintendent - Penn Manor School District

PLEASE NOTE - A DVD OF THIS FORUM IS NOW AVAILABLE.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING A COPY FOR $20 PLEASE CALL (717) 295-0755.