CFEF Weekly Update
May 31, 2016
WEEKLY UPDATE: MAY 27, 2016
Pennsylvania’s New Fair Funding Formula
The General Assembly has taken an important first step toward fixing Pennsylvania’s school funding crisis: It adopted a permanent funding formula that will truly benefit every student.
This balanced formula, recommended by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC), removes politics from state school funding decisions, directing money to school districts based on objective factors, such as student enrollment, the needs of the student population, and school district wealth and capacity to raise local revenues.
Its enactment demonstrates what can be achieved when both parties work together for Pennsylvania’s students.
However, the formula is only as good as the funding put behind it. The Campaign is asking state lawmakers to invest at least $400 million in basic education funding in the 2016-17 state budget.
Sufficient resources this budget year and in years to come will ensure that all students – no matter where they live – can succeed in school and meet the state’s academic standards.
Learn more about the formula: http://fairfundingpa.org/resources/fair-funding-formula/
Check out our inforgraphic that helps demonstrate how the new formula will work. Please share, and don’t forget to use our hashtag: #FairFundingPA
Education Funding in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer: School-funding formula clears final Harrisburg hurdle
York Dispatch: New school funding formula awaits Governor’s signature
90.5 WESA: Pennsylvania nears funding formula for public schools
Allentown Morning Call: Lawrence Feinberg: Pa. now able to close funding gap between wealthy, poor school districts
Newsworks: Joining vast majority of states, Pa. adopts school funding formula
Visit our website for more news about education funding in your community and across Pennsylvania.
Quote of the Week
“We have a formula to distribute funding based on actual district and student need! Next up: fund that formula!”
— Deborah Gordon Klehr, Executive Director, Education Law Center