A new school year is underway. Students have new clothes, new pencils and backpacks, and in some districts, new buildings to explore.
As this new year begins, a lingering issue looms over public schools in our region.
Families, educators and property owners have been pressing for decades to change Pennsylvania’s public school funding and fix a system that has been broken for 40 years.
Today, as students trek to their classrooms in a new school year, Pennsylvania has the distinction of the widest funding gap in the nation between wealthy and poor districts. The victims are not only the students in poorer districts but also property owners who carry the tax burden of funding education. The state is ranked 47th among the 50 states for its funding share compared to states who dedicate revenue to public schools from state lotteries, business taxes and other broad sources.