Just a few hours ago, the Pennsylvania House passed a bill that reforms basic education funding in the state. In a 107 to 94 vote, the bill now heads to a Senate that says they are committed to school vouchers... which is definitely not? in this bill.

House Bill 2370 calls for $5 billion increase over the next seven years for public schools. Democrats say it is the solution to Pennsylvania's unconstitutional reliance on property tax when funding public school districts.

“[it] makes it fair and equitable for every child in every school district across Pennsylvania, regardless of your zip code,” said Rep. Bob Merski (D-Erie). "We aren't there yet, this bill helps us to get there.”

Republicans have raised concerns about how the bill would call on some school districts to raise property tax to meet new funding standards.

“When I talk to seniors in my district, the last thing that they want is their property tax to go up,” said Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga). "They already feel like they're renting it from the government.”

The bill also introduces significant cyber charter reform—another partisan issue.

“When cyber charter schools are able to pay for advertising on television, instead of using that money to educate children, that means that they're getting more money than they need,” said Merski.

“We do need to look for ways to make sure that it's funded properly. But to put something forward that basically is going to make it impossible for them to exist is not the right approach either,” said Owlett.

Lastly, the bill has no mention of school vouchers—which the Democrat party staunchly opposes as corrupt and less equitable.

“In a recent report on education, voters found that 100% of private or religious schools receiving existing voucher funds here in Pennsylvania have policies in place that can be used to discriminate against students,” said Sen. Lindsey Williams, Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee.

In turn, Republicans point to competition as the solution to reverse current student outcomes.

“We’re the eighth highest and spending in the nation out of 50. You would think then we'd be in the top ten in output. But according to his last National Education Association report that I reviewed we're 32.”

With the bill now in the Senate’s court, the next few weeks will reveal which of these three key issues get the most cut out, changed, and compromised in the pursuit of a budget deadline.