School funding scrutinized at Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia

School funding scrutinized at Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia

Educators, superintendents, and community members joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Philadelphia Wednesday to discuss the state’s “fair funding” formula and the struggles it creates for some school districts.

Pennsylvania changed the funding formula for school districts in 2015 with the goal of resolving imbalanced support of education across the commonwealth. While new funds have been subject to this distribution model, stark differences remain, as some districts are millions behind their needs while others receive millions more based on per-student costs.

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wolf in Commonwealth Court brief: “Fair funding formula is only as good as the amount of money behind it.”

Wolf in Commonwealth Court brief: “Fair funding formula is only as good as the amount of money behind it.”

Gov. Tom Wolf this week filed a brief in the ongoing education funding lawsuit, disputing an earlier brief submitted by fellow respondent, Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

 

The case, filed by six state school districts represented by the Public Interest Law Center and the Education Law Center in 2015, alleges that Pennsylvania’s education funding formula violates the state’s constitutional guarantee to a “fair and equitably public education.” 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: News and Views
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