Tag: Fair Funding in the News

Pennsylvanians for Fair Funding

Tag: Fair Funding in the News

Gets day in court in Pa. fair school funding lawsuit

In Pottstown Mercury: The lawsuit alleges the Pennsylvania General Assembly has violated the state’s constitution by failing to provide fair and adequate funding for public education. Pennsylvania is currently ranked 44th in the nation in school funding, providing just 38 percent of the budgets of local schools. The remaining two-thirds falls to property owners in local

The rainy day is now!

In GoErie: This year, House Democrats pushed for more funding for these districts. And while we were able to secure a $300 million increase in school funding, our Republican counterparts decided the bulk of the $10 billion — $7 billion in American Recovery Plan money from the federal government and $3 billion from our state’s

East Stroudsburg School Board Director Opinion

In GoErie: We are one of the fastest-growing counties (if not the fastest) but our share of the educational state funding has always lagged behind. We have always wanted to do the best for our students but we do need a fair and equitable state funding system. George Andrews https://www.goerie.com/story/opinion/2021/06/07/guest-opinion-fully-deploy-fair-funding-formula/7542347002/

Pottstown School Board Guest Column

In Pottstown Mercury: You might be wondering what that $13M would do for Pottstown’s students and community. While such decisions must ultimately be voted on by the board at a public meeting, there are four areas that have been identified by the administration as being in particular need of that funding. First, property tax reduction.

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

Chester County Editorial

Editorial in Daily Local News: Montgomery County K-12 Public Schools cumulatively would have received $315 million more from the state over the six years since the Fair Funding Formula was introduced, if the formula were used for all PA Basic Education Funding! Who pays that price of this inequity?  Our students do, with cuts to

Berks County Editorial

Editorial in Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania has the widest gap in per-student spending between wealthy and poor districts of all 50 states. As we have repeatedly seen, students in underfunded districts lack educational necessities as basic as textbooks and safe buildings, while students in the well-funded districts next door have state-of-the-art labs and Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Montgomery County Editorial

Editorial in Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County K-12 Public Schools cumulatively would have received $315 million more from the state over the six years since the Fair Funding Formula was introduced, if the formula were used for all PA Basic Education Funding! Who pays that price of this inequity?  Our students do, with cuts to needed

Deleware County Editorial

Editorial in Delaware County Daily Times: Delaware County K-12 Public Schools cumulatively would have received $195 Million more from the state over the six years since the Fair Funding Formula was introduced, if the formula were used for all PA Basic Education Funding! Who pays that price of this inequity?  Our students do, with cuts

Lancaster Editorial

Editorial in Lancaster: As School District of Lancaster Superintendent Damaris Rau pointed out at a virtual news conference last Friday, poor school districts often have the highest property tax rates.  That’s because they’re forced by state underfunding to raise taxes on resident property owners. And because city school districts tend to have within their boundaries