Category: PA FairFunding News

POWER Interfaith Rally

In Pennsylvania Capital-Star: “For school districts all across the state of Pennsylvania, it’s not already raining — it’s a doggone hurricane,” the Rev. Dwayne Royster, the executive director of POWER Interfaith, a grassroots organization of state congregations, told more than 100 demonstrators holding handmade signs. He added: “We’ve come to speak truth to those that

Educational Gerrymandering Across the Country

In EducationWeek: “And the problem is more acute in northern states, where there are many tiny districts that align with town or city borders, than southern states, where school districts generally align with county lines.The more districts a state has, the authors note, the more opportunities there are for ‘educational gerrymandering’ leading to K-12 segregation

Fair Funding Vigils at Chester County Courthouse

In The Quad: “The procession began with one of the cause’s leaders, John Barnett, atop the courthouse steps, acknowledging the many people who came out and the large number of signs all bearing pleas for the PA government to stop the unfair treatment of schools.” Matthew Shimkonis

Gerrymandering Enables Inequity of School Funding

In The Reporter: Political lines should be drawn to increase competitive elections, and create districts where either party has a chance to win. County and town, borough, city, all municipal splits should be kept to a minimum. Pottstown, in Montgomery County, is a perfect example of what is wrong with this process. The town is

Our Op-Ed Appears in Multiple Papers

In Pottstown Mercury, Reading Eagle, Delaware County Daily Times, and more: Who pays that price of this inequity? Our students do, with cuts to needed programs; and our taxpayers do, as they are the ones paying to maintain essential academic and extracurricular programming AND keep up with the state mandates you’ve been hearing about. It’s

PF3 Writers Team Op-Ed

In GO Erie, Pocono Record, and Ellwood City Ledger: These disparities mean that Pennsylvania has the largest gap of per student funding of any state between its wealthiest and poorest districts. They translate into fewer educational opportunities for students in underfunded districts: fewer AP courses; outdated books and technology; smaller art and music programs; higher