PA Legislature: We need a Fair/Weighted Funding Formula for Our Schools!
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October 21, 2015
To the Governor and members of the General Assembly:
We urge you to keep the needs of Pennsylvania’s school students at the forefront by promptly coming to a budget agreement that enacts the funding formula adopted by the state Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC) and invests significant new dollars in our public schools.
Our organization, The Fellowship/BMEC, and organizations across Pennsylvania and the nation have come together in agreement that all of Pennsylvania’s students – no matter where they live – deserve an opportunity to meet state academic standards and to be prepared for success in college or a career. That can only be achieved through weighted, sufficient, sustainable, predictable, and long-term investment in our public schools. Pennsylvania has the widest funding gap between wealthy and poor school districts of any state in the country. We are one of only three states without a school funding formula. With your leadership, Pennsylvania can shift from being a case study in unpredictable and inequitable public school funding to setting the standard for delivering fair funding that meets the needs of every child.
In June, BEFC unanimously and, in a bipartisan way, developed a new funding formula to help Pennsylvania make the transition to fair and predictable funding. We urge you to act in a far more urgent and responsible manner. We ask that you act in a similar bipartisan fashion to enact that formula with a final budget package. We further urge that you pass a budget that increases basic education funding by at least $410 million to help schools recover from the impact of lower revenues in recent years and to begin implementing the new formula. Failure to do so will only continue the cycle of program cuts and staff reductions that have occurred at many schools in recent years.
We know that you and all Pennsylvania lawmakers want the brightest future possible for every child in the state. Please move quickly to resolve your differences and make our children your top priority in any agreement so that this long-delayed budget is worth the wait for our neediest children. Please enact fair and weighted education funding for every child in Pennsylvania.
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