Today, while some Pennsylvania students go to public schools that are among the best in the nation, too many of our students lack access to quality education. This inequity is caused in great part by inadequate state funding, which covers only 35% of total costs (compared to 50% on average in states around the country). This leaves local districts to make up the rest and places low-income districts at a disadvantage. Further, research has revealed deep and persistent racial disparities in the way the state’s Basic Education Funding is distributed to the 500 school districts across Pennsylvania. A Fair Funding Formula passed in 2016 was a small step in the right direction, but this only affected a sliver of total education spending in the state.
Join us to learn about the inequity of PA state funding for education, how the “100% Fair Funding Bill” corrects this injustice, and how YOU can help achieve fair funding for all.
POWER believes that all children deserve great schools, regardless of race, ethnicity or income. POWER is organizing and mobilizing members of the Pennsylvania faith community to confront widespread, systemic and educational inequality. Learn more about POWER at https://powerinterfaith.org/mission-and-history/ Learn about POWER’s June 12 Education Apartheid Day of Action at https://powerinterfaith.org/education-apartheid-2019/