By Jennifer Solot

Times Guest Columnist

A large number of school districts had contested Primary Election races this past Tuesday to determine who would move forward to the General Election and possibly become future school directors. In the meantime, current school boards and superintendents around Pennsylvania have been struggling to come up with budgets that will meet the needs of their students and community residents alike.

Many districts find themselves handcuffed: how do they prepare a balanced budget that will meet the ever-increasing needs of the students despite not only staggeringly insufficient state support but also an increasing number of mandated obligations like charter school payments, pensions and special education, as well as increased security demands in the wake of far too many school tragedies.

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