FUMO ASKS RHOADES TO MOVE FAIRNESS IN EDUCATION FUNDING ACT
HARRISBURG, April 29, 2002 – State Senator Vincent J. Fumo (D-Philadelphia) sent the attached letter today to Sen. James Rhoades, requesting Education Committee action on Senate Bill 1373, which Senator Fumo co-sponsors.
(On Fumo Senate Letterhead)
April 29, 2002
The Honorable James Rhoades
Dear Senator Rhoades,
During the debate in the Senate Appropriations Committee today on your amendment that cut $75 million of state aid to Philadelphia schools from the governor’s proposed budget, you made a point of saying that you wanted fairer funding for all school districts in the commonwealth. You mentioned that you had a bill to do that, and you pointed out that I have signed on as a co-sponsor of your legislation.
I did indeed co-sponsor your bill, because I, too, seek fairer state funding for all school districts, not just Philadelphia’s. In fact, if the rhetoric that I have heard from my colleagues is forthright, I believe your Fairness in Education Funding Act (SB 1373) enjoys widespread, bipartisan support.
That being the case, I’m curious about why the bill has not moved out of committee. As chairman of the Senate Education Committee, you have the authority to schedule your own bill for hearings, and eventually for a vote. As a co-sponsor of the legislation, I urge you to have the bill voted out of committee as soon as possible so that we may proceed with the important work of designing a better school funding system for the children of Pennsylvania. I am prepared to support you in this effort.
VINCENT J. FUMO