CFEF Weekly Update
June 06, 2016
WEEKLY UPDATE: JUNE 3, 2016
A Great Day for Pennsylvania’s Public School Students!
Today Governor Wolf signed into law the fair funding formula for basic education sent to him by the General Assembly, a demonstration of bipartisanship and acknowledgment of the need to more equitably distribute school funding.
The formula is an important first step toward getting all Pennsylvania students what they need in the classroom, and the next step is to make sure it’s properly funded. Here’s why:
- Pennsylvania is ranked 46th in the country for its share of education funding – contributing only 36 percent, among the lowest in the nation.
- Pennsylvania has the widest funding gap between wealthy and poor districts of any state in the country, and per-pupil spending in Pennsylvania’s poorest districts is 33 percent less than in the wealthiest districts.
The Campaign’s mission is to ensure that all new education funding is driven out through the new formula, including significant annual education funding increases over the next several years.
This is the best way to bring all public schools to a funding level that will give all students, no matter where they live, a fair shot at academic success.
Thanks for your continued support!
Education Funding in the News
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:Pennsylvania adopts new education funding formula
- Philadelphia Public School Notebook:Broad coalition agrees on one thing
- York Dispatch:Finally, a winning formula for our schools
- York Dispatch: Wolf signs fair funding formula
- Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice:Follow formula with actual funding
- Scranton Times-Tribune:School formula not funding
- WHYY:Dozens of Pa. school districts face tougher time borrowing after budget impasse
- Philadelphia Inquirer:School-funding formula clears final Harrisburg hurdle
Visit our website for more news about education funding in your community and across Pennsylvania.
Quote of the Week
“By enacting this fair funding formula, the General Assembly and Governor Wolf have demonstrated true bipartisanship and shown what can be achieved when we work together for Pennsylvania’s students. We thank them for their leadership and trust they will tap into that same spirit to ensure this year’s state budget includes increased basic education funds and uses the new formula to distribute those funds and all future funding increases.”
— Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children and chair of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding