22 results for tag: EquityFirst


Editorial: PA’s fair funding formula for basic education doesn’t live up to its name

Posted Mar 7, 2019 at 5:57 AM Let’s say you’d like to refinance your home’s 6 percent, 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to lock in a new interest rate of, say, 4 percent. After you do the deal, you’re told your new 4-percent rate will only apply to 10 percent of the $200,000 mortgage. So you’d get the new rate on $20,000. The other $180,000 would continue to drum up interest at the 6 percent rate. You’d probably wonder how that’s going to make any difference at all. You might even say it wasn’t fair. That’s one way to think about something that’s happening with public school funding in Pennsylvania, but that might be ...

Public Hearing on 100% Fair School Funding

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Rep. Chris Rabb will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on 100%  Fair School Funding: The Moral and Practical Arguments for Ending Educational Apartheid in PA. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. at the Eleanor C. Emlen School, 6501 Chew Ave...READ MORE

Rep. Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on fair school funding Wednesday in Philadelphia

Policy Committee    January 18, 2019 | 5:08 PM PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the moral implications and practical solutions to addressing Pennsylvania’s ranking as the worse state in the U.S. on public education funding equity. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Eleanor C. Emlen School, 6501 Chew Ave., Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who previously ...

PASBO-PASA Releases 2018 School District Budget Report

News Release Contacts: Jay Himes (717) 540-9551 jhimes@pasbo.org Dr. Mark DiRocco (717) 540-4448 mdirocco@pasa-net.org Hannah Barrick (717) 979-0426 hbarrick@pasbo.org HARRISBURG, PA – June 7, 2018 As school districts across the state finalize their 2018-19 budgets, many continue to face challenging financial conditions requiring cuts and reductions to programs and increased property taxes to offset the annual growth in mandated costs. The latest iteration of the PASBO-PASA School District Budget Report, a joint initiative of the PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and the PA Association of School Administrators (PASA), ...

EquityFirst #CivilFundingWar Meeting on Education Funding

PENNSYLVANIA KNOWINGLY UNDERFUNDS POOR, MINORITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS BY MILLIONS Dauphin County is underfunded by nearly $50 Million Every Year in Basic and Special Education Funding JOIN US FOR A PUBLIC MEETING TO LEARN ABOUT HOW WE CAN FIX THIS! #CIVILFUNDINGWAR Monday, June 4, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Meeting Light Refreshments will be served. Living Water Community Church 206 Oakleigh Avenue, Harrisburg, PA RSVP here. For more information contact: Shelly@SupportEquityFirst.org or 717.623.0909 or visit www.SupportEquityFirst.org.

YORK DAILY RECORD: YORK CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT AMONG MOST UNDERFUNDED IN PENNSYLVANIA

Rick Lee, rlee@ydr.comPublished 4:27 p.m. ET May 15, 2018 | Updated 1:32 p.m. ET May 16, 2018 Watchdog group claims underfunding is discriminatory York City School District is the most underfunded public school district in Pennsylvania in terms of money spent per student, according to EquityFirst, a watchdog group concerned with basic and special education funding in the commonwealth. And, the city district ranks fourth overall in EquityFirst's list of most underfunded Pennsylvania school districts. EquityFirst based its findings on data collected from the Pennsylvania Department of Education's analysis of the governor's proposed budget ...

(YORK DISPATCH) COALITION: YORK CITY DISTRICT IS PA’S MOST UNDERFUNDED PER STUDENT

Lindsay C. VanAsdalan, 717-505-5450/@lcvanasdalanPublished 12:58 p.m. ET May 14, 2018 | Updated 4:42 p.m. ET May 16, 2018 A coalition fighting for equitable education funding in Pennsylvania has named York City the most underfunded school district in the state based on per-student spending, and one of the most severely underfunded overall. Underfunded by $51.65 million in basic and special education annually and by $6,565 per student, the York City School District is one of 19 within the state's 500 school districts that is underfunded by more than $10 million. More: House Democratic Policy Hearing on fair education funding Lawmakers "always ...

DELCO TIMES: More legislation on the verge on use of state’s fair funding formula

By Kevin Tustin, ktustin@21st-centurymedia.com, @KevinTustin on Twitter Another piece of legislation addressing the way state basic education subsidies are distributed to 500 public school districts is slowly making its way to the state House of Representatives. Reps. Martina White, R-170 of Philadelphia, and Todd Stephens, R-151 of Horsham Township, are seeking co-sponsors for a bill that would require all $6 billion of the basic education fund to be appropriated through the fair funding formula. Their bill follows one introduced on May 7 by Reps. Tim Hennessey, R-26 of North Coventry, and Tom Quigley, R-146 of Royersford, that would alter ...

DELCO TIMES: INEQUITIES CONTINUE IN EDUCATION FUNDING DESPITE MORE MONEY

By Kevin Tustin, ktustin@21st-centurymedia.com, @KevinTustin on Twitter The school year is drawing to an end, and that means district leaders are compiling their budgets for 2018-19 to scrutinize what their expenses will look like and how they’re going to pay for it. Perhaps the most certain thing every year is that real estate taxes will be the driving revenue source for districts, leaving most to raise taxes to fight off rising expenses like salaries, benefits, and education mandates as they settle for their state and federal appropriations. The Education Law Center declared in 2013 that the state’s share of school funding is 34 ...

POTTSTOWN MERCURY: FLURRY OF BILLS WOULD SPEED UP FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING

By Evan Brandt, The Mercury POTTSTOWN >> As school and state budget deadlines loom, a number of factors are combining to show a glimmer of hope for relief for underfunded school districts like Pottstown. And that glimmer is coming from Harrisburg. Most significant are bills introduced in the House and Senate by Pottstown-area representatives to speed up the implementation of funding education through the “fair funding formula.” $13.5M FUNDING GAP Adopted two years ago in recognition of the various factors — such as poverty and local tax effort — that skew education spending in favor of wealthy districts, the amount of money ...