HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett's newly proposed grant program for public schools attaches strings to how the money is used, and that's getting pushback from Pennsylvania schools groups.
Corbett's administration defended the uses under the $340 million program as proven ways to improve student achievement. The Republican governor unveiled it a day ago as the centerpiece of his budget plan.
But groups including the Pennsylvania School Boards Association say it's better for the districts to have maximum flexibility over the money to help with difficult financial decisions.
The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials says it's a bad time to handcuff schools that are dealing with rising costs and program and personnel cuts since 2011.
Charter schools also would get grant money, the first time state aid would flow directly to them.