ERIC Number: ED409403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Feasibility of Publicly Funded Residential Education in Pennsylvania. Staff Analysis Pursuant to House Resolution 43 of 1995.
Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission, Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania's House Resolution 43 of 1995 directs the Joint State Government Commission to report to the General Assembly on the feasibility of creating a voluntary residential school program for disadvantaged children. The Commission assembled a Working Group to consider this issue, and the group focused on poor children living in high crime areas who face threats to their emotional and physical safety at home, in school, and in the community. Residential schools designed for the targeted group children would provide safe and stable environments where they could learn and achieve to their best ability. The working group also considered alternatives that would use existing private boarding schools and establish safe dormitories for public schools. These alternatives were rejected in order to provide the best possible environment, maximize the number of participants, and facilitate administrative control. Funding for the new residential program would be provided by the Commonwealth (state) through an appropriation and the high school tuition charge for each student. Additional funding is anticipated from business contributing under a tax credit program, from charitable foundations, and through challenge grants issued by the Commonwealth. The proposed program would be a residential education program for students in grades 7 through 12 whose families are eligible for Aid to Families with Dependent Children or food stamps or who meet Federal poverty guidelines. A board would be established to regulate the program and place students. Appendixes present the Resolution and the proposed legislation. (Contains four tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania