Oct. 20, 2015

Asks attorney general to investigate

HARRISBURG – Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) issued the following statement asking the attorney general to investigate the Department of Education’s payment of gaming revenues to charter schools during the current budget impasse:

“The prolonged budget impasse has forced multiple school districts to borrow millions of dollars in order to keep classrooms open, so I find Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s statement that the Department of Education is using slots revenue to fund charter schools deeply troubling. This money has been appropriated exclusively for property tax relief and I believe that neither the Department of Education nor Treasury Department has the discretion to allocate that money for any other use – no matter how important that cause may be.

“The entire educational system has been affected by the prolonged budget impasse and diverting funds to charter schools, without offering equal assistance to struggling school districts, is inappropriate.”

“I call upon the attorney general to immediately investigate whether these transfers are appropriate or a violation of the law and, if necessary, to seek a court order to immediately cease and desist.” 
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Representative Scott Petri
178th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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