By Kathleen E. Carey, Delaware County Daily Times
The issue of how to appropriately fund education has been a decades-long conundrum that has seen well-attended school board meetings, lawsuits, rallies and even doses of frustration shared by all sides of the debate.
Each year as school districts must craft their budgets, they are pitted like a sporting match against property owners, who carry one of the largest burdens in the country when Pennsylvania is compared to other states. According to PA Schools Work, the Keystone State ranks 47th in the country for providing 37 percent of basic education and 25 percent of special education costs to the districts.
The bulk of the rest lie on local taxpayers, who find the ever burgeoning burden to be a challenge at the least.
Chris Onesti grew up in a row home on Blanchard Road in Drexel Hill and he recalled his thoughts as he walked past the big, stone homes on the other side of Garrett Road.