CFEF Weekly Update
October 31, 2016
Fair Funding for PA Update
The mission of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding is to ensure that Pennsylvania adopts and maintains a fair and adequate public school funding system. Every school must have the resources necessary to enable every child to meet state academic standards, be prepared for college or a career, and become productive, knowledgeable, and engaged adults.
All students deserve to acess to:
- Enough teachers to keep class sizes down and make sure students have access to all the academic courses they need for today’s world and enough instructional time to learn.
- Quality, up-to-date textbooks, computer technology, and lab equipment & other science resources.
- Other supports to help them learn such as tutors, school counselors, English as a second language instructors, and libraries.
But Pennsylvania pays only 37% of public school education costs, ranking it 46th in the country. Schools are overly dependent on local revenues for funding. That means districts with high property values and wealth can support their schools, but less well-off districts cannot no matter how high or often they raise property taxes.
The Campaign successfully fought for enactment of a fair funding formula to allocate funding to public schools based on the needs of the student population and the ability of school districts to raise local revenues. But the new formula is only as good as the amount of money put behind it.
The Campaign is working to secure sufficient resources this budget year and in years to come so that all students – no matter where they live – can succeed in school and meet the state’s academic standards.
Thank you for your continued support. Please ask your friends, family and colleagues to sign up.
Who We Are
Launched in 2014, the Campaign for Fair Education Funding is a statewide non-partisan effort made up of more than 50 organizations that, collectively, represent Pennsylvanians from every corner of the state: teachers and school administrators; representatives of charter schools and traditional public schools; urban and rural interests; business people and workers; faith-based groups; and community groups.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where we talk about the need for fair and adequate funding for ALL students, no matter their zip code; and post infographics and news stories about public education in Pennsylvania
Don’t forget to use the Campaign’s hashtag for every tweet and retweet: #FairFundingPA
Want to tag your lawmakers in a tweet or share one of our Facebook posts with them? We’ve got a full list of legislative Twitter handles and Facebook accounts.
(If you don’t know who represents you in the House or Senate, you can find them here)
Using Social Media
Are you new to social media, or just interested in advocating for fair funding on Facebook or Twitter? Check out our guide: Social Media 101
Education Funding in the News
Visit the Campaign’s website for more news about education funding in your community and across Pennsylvania.
Quote of the Week
Our country’s future depends heavily on the quality of its schools. Increasing financial support can help K-12 schools implement proven reforms such as hiring and retaining excellent teachers, reducing class sizes, and expanding the availability of high-quality early education. So it’s problematic that so many states have headed in the opposite direction over the last decade. These cuts risk undermining schools’ capacity to develop the intelligence and creativity of the next generation of workers and entrepreneurs.
– Center on Budget and Policy Priorities