Pa. rep introduces school consolidation bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania representative has introduced legislation that would require school districts to consolidate their administrative functions on a countywide basis.

Rep. Timothy S. Mahoney (D-Fayette/Somerset) said his proposal, House Bill 840, would amend the Public School Code to mandate consolidation in all counties except Philadelphia, which already has its own unified public school system.

Mahoney says consolidation would lessen the need for duplicative administrators, save taxpayer money, and preserve teaching positions.

“As school districts struggle with declining revenue and soaring pension obligations, we need to seek out and embrace creative changes that fix those problems,” he said in a statement.

Mahoney said other states, including Maryland and Virginia, operate countywide school districts with no adverse effects.

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