Group Gives State 'C' for School Funding

By Niederberger, Mary | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), February 3, 2016 | Go to article overview

Group Gives State 'C' for School Funding


Niederberger, Mary, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


On the same day that Gov. Tom Wolf called for an additional $377 million K-12 funding for schools this budget year and another $200 million for next year, a report card issued by a national advocacy group gave Pennsylvania a "C" grade for school finance.

The Network for Public Education, co-founded by education activist Diane Ravitch, released its first 50-state report card that issued grades based on six criteria, with school finance being one of them.

NPE advocates for funding equity in an effort to fight poverty's effects on students' education and against high-stakes testing and educational alternatives to traditional public schools.

To determine how effectively states funded schools, it considered three factors: per-pupil expenditures, resources spent on education in relation to a state's ability to pay and equitable funding across the state. …

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