Fair Funding for PA Update
Happening TODAY: School Funding Expert Dr. Rucker Johnson visiting PA
School funding expert and economist Dr. Rucker Johnson from the University of California, Berkeley will be in Pennsylvania TODAY and tomorrow to participate in two events:
Monday, September 19 – City Hall, Philadelphia (please see below flyer).
Tuesday, September 20 – Dr. Johnson will be in Harrisburg to speak at the Fourth Annual Pennsylvania Education Summit as part of the “Challenging Ourselves to Fund Education for Economic Outcomes: Evidence from Finance Reforms” session. More information about the summit can be found here: https://www.pachamber.org/events/details.php?id=1657
Biography: Rucker Johnson, Ph. D.
Rucker C. Johnson, Ph.D., is an economist and Associate Professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His areas of expertise include poverty and inequality, social welfare, labor and employment, and urban economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 2002 from the University of Michigan and was the recipient of three national dissertation awards. Johnson was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy from 2002 to 2004. His work considers the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances. His recent research focuses on the effects of school funding on poverty, incarceration, health and educational attainment. Current research includes:
The effects of school spending on educational and economic outcomes: Evidence from school finance reforms
Dynamic complementarity in human capital investments and their long-run impacts: Evidence from Head Start and public school spending
The Campaign’s infographics and one pagers are great resources for understanding why we need to fully fund Pennsylvania’s schools.
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Education Funding in the News
Visit the Campaign’s website for more news about education funding in your community and across Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia Daily News: Court needs to step in, level educational playing field
Pottstown Mercury: Fairness of Pa. school funding deserves a hearing
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader: Give school districts their day in (Commonwealth) court
Delaware County Daily Times: Editorial: Fair funding still elusive goal in Pa. education
Newsworks.org: Pa. Supreme Court considers diving into school funding debate at jam-packed hearing
Quote of the Week
“The problem: Because school district budgets are so reliant on local property taxes, how much a district spends for each student depends on where that student lives.”
– The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader