Letter to the Editor: Charter school funding reform must be done right
July 03, 2013
To the Times:
I don’t think anyone who has been paying attention to education funding in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania would argue that we have good education funding formulas. In fact, some might argue that we have no funding formula at all. The amount of money spent per pupil varies widely from school district to school district across the state. The percentage of that funding that comes from the state also varies widely across the state. “Hold Harmless” provisions in state law cause an excess of funding to go to shrinking school districts at the expense of growing school districts and the formulas for calculating charter school payments are riddled with flaws. Two students living on the same street, with parents paying the same amount in property taxes, can enjoy the benefits of two different levels of tax-payer support, simply because one student “chose” to attend a charter school which arbitrarily receives less funding than a traditional public school.