Offering tangible justification for legislators to create a sustainable and equitable education funding plan, The Campaign for Fair Education Funding announced on April 1 in Harrisburg that a new study by an independent education policy organization shows Pennsylvania to have one of the worst funding gaps nationwide.
According to the Education Trust, the state’s highest-poverty areas receive 17 percent less funding than those with the lowest levels. Their report, Funding Gaps 2015, ranks the commonwealth as the second worst in the country, calling attention to the significant discrepancy.
The Pennsylvania National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has joined The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, which has proposed a formula intended to improve student outcomes by diminishing endowment deficits, improving equity and guaranteeing accountability.
deserves access to a quality education, and that will only happen if we
close this funding gap, and if we properly fund public education," Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn, education committee chair for the Pennsylvania NAACP, said.
Pittsburgh-based Allies for Children is also a campaign member; its executive director, Patrick Dowd, looks forward to the study’s final recommendations.
"The fact that such a broad group of diverse interests has come together to support a formula is a great step forward," Dowd said. "The time has come for Pennsylvania to address this challenge and give every single student a fair shot."
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