Are Pittsburgh Schools Lurching Toward a Fiscal Nightmare?

As the Pittsburgh Public School District Board prepares to release its proposed budget for 2011, they are quick to point out there will be no tax increase for the tenth consecutive year.  Supporters applaud this move and offer it as proof the District is fiscally responsible. But lost in the hype is the fact that revenues have been increasing to cover rising expenditures, thanks in large part to state and Federal funds. However, as the state grapples with its own budget shortfalls and the Federal stimulus money dries up, the District could face serious budget problems in the near future.



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