Wagner, Wolf tangle over politics of funding public schools

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Scott Wagner, the Republican candidate for governor, is accusing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of proposing a policy that would result in deep funding cuts to certain school districts, a claim that Wolf calls nonsense and ridiculous.

Wagner stepped up his campaign's claim Thursday in a Pittsburgh news conference. He's insisting that Wolf voiced his support for immediately using a formula approved in 2016 by the Republican-controlled Legislature to direct all state school aid.

Currently, a fraction of school aid goes through the formula.

Wolf hasn't explicitly said he supports an immediate shift, and Wolf says he doesn't support any sort of immediate shift that could cut aid to certain districts. He says he wants a fair way to distribute school aid and that he wants to increase school funding.

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