CFEF Weekly Update
June 13, 2016
WEEKLY UPDATE: JUNE 10, 2016
Send a Message to Lawmakers
Add your voice to the growing number of Pennsylvanians who want lawmakers to fix the state’s broken school funding system, by sending this message to your state Senator and state Representative.
PA’s new fair funding formula for basic education is an important first step toward fixing Pennsylvania’s school funding crisis, but it is only as good as the money put through it. The next step is to make sure it’s properly funded, and here’s why:
— PA is ranked 46th in the country for its share of education funding – contributing only 36 percent, among the lowest in the nation.
— PA has the widest funding gap between wealthy and poor districts of any state in the country. Per-pupil spending in PA’s poorest districts is 33 percent less than in the wealthiest districts.
As a result students are losing opportunities to participate in valuable science, technology, and math programs; receive enough personal attention from their teachers or extra help when they need it; have access to vocational training; or participate in extracurricular activities.
The solution to this crisis is to increase the state’s investment in public schools annually over time, driven out through the fair formula, starting with an increase of $400 million in the 2016-17 budget. This will ensure that all students – no matter where they live – can succeed in school and meet the state’s academic standards.
PASA-PASBO Releases 2016 Report on School District Budgets
This week the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) released findings from its annual Report on School District Budgets.
The survey found that without increased state funding to help meet mandated, necessary school costs, more schools will be forced to cut instructional and extracurricular programs, reduce classroom and other staff and increase local property taxes.
Continued Cuts: Losing Confidence, Losing Learning offers a wealth of data about the ongoing impact of the 2015-16 budget impasse and cumulative effect of six years of mandated expenses outpacing state funding.
The report is available on the PASA website at www.pasa-net.org and the PASBO website at www.pasbo.org.
The Campaign’s most recent infographics demonstrate why lawmakers must ensure an investment of $400 million in basic education funding is made in the 2016-17 budget, and that the state’s new funding formula is used to distribute those funds and all future funding increases.
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Education Funding in the News
Visit the Campain’s website for more news about education funding in your community and across Pennsylvania.
Quote of the Week
“More districts are planning local tax hikes, borrowing funds, dipping into fund balances, and delaying payments to vendors. Most importantly, the number of districts projecting cuts to staff (46 percent), increases in class size (34 percent) and cuts to educational programs (50 percent) continue to rise.”
— Continued Cuts: Losing Confidence, Losing Learning
The PASA-PASBO Report on School District Budgets