Joining Vast Majority Of States, Pa. Adopts School Funding Formula

May 26, 2016

In this file image, students are dismissed from Reading Senior High School in Reading, Pa. Both the House and Senate have passed a plan for a student-based formula for distributing education funds that Governor Wolf says he'll sign.
Credit Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

Pennsylvania will soon join the overwhelming majority of states that have a student-based formula for distributing state education funds.

Both the House passed the measure with a large majority Wednesday. The Senate did so last week.

For much of the past 25 years, the state has largely divided it's main pot of education money based on the principle that districts should never get less than the prior year.

Over time, because the state didn't track real-time changes to enrollment, poverty levels, and other factors, this has created huge inequities — favoring districts that have lost enrollment but have not had to endure requisite funding decreases.

Read the full version of this report at Keystone Crossroads' websiteKeystone Crossroads is a new statewide public media initiative reporting on the challenges facing Pennsylvania's cities. WPSU is a participating station.