According to a new report, years of under-funding Pennsylvania’s public schools has led to inequalities, affecting low-income districts and communities of color.
The Education Law Center report says the Keystone State ranks 46th in the nation for state’s share of revenue for public schools. Pennsylvania is also one of only 14 states with a regressive funding system, giving the fewest resources to the poorest schools with the highest needs.
According to Deborah Gordon Klehr, Education Law Center Director, that has led to glaring racial disparities in education funding. “Schools with large populations of students of color received less per pupil funding overall than schools with a larger white student population. They’re also shouldering higher local tax burdens,” said Klehr.
The report cites research showing that schools with the fewest white students received almost $2,000 a year less per pupil.
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