Study Calls For At Least $3.2 Billion In Added Pa. School Funding

May 17, 2016


Students at the Young Women's Academy at Feltonville Arts and Sciences middle school change classes in Philadelphia, Pa.
Credit Jessica Kourkounis

The advocacy group Public Interest Law Center says the commonwealth's own data point to the need for at least $3.2 billion in added state funding.

When the state's bipartisan basic education funding commission published its report last year, it came up with a new formula for distributing new state education dollars. The formula acknowledges that districts face added burdens, for instance, when educating students in poverty, or those still learning English.

But the panel very specifically avoided a crucial question: how much money would it take for all students to score proficient on state tests?

So the Public Interest Law Center did its own analysis.

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