From the Philadelphia Inquirer

This opinion piece from the Inquirer looked at the Public Citizens for Children and Youth report on education inequities in the Philadelphia suburbs.

It’s notable that PCCY found the achievement gap to be worse in districts that had tighter budgets. Where districts were more affluent and in communities where the cost of entry is a much more expensive house, the racial achievement data looked better.

That is because Pennsylvania largely underwrites schools through a controversial approach that heavily relies on local property taxes. This has been destructive to lower-income and middle-income districts that have either a dearth of wealthy landowners or commercial tax base. State lawmakers have drastically reduced state funding for public schools over the last generation.

Maria Panaritis