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Pennsylvania School Funding Reform Clears First Hurdle

A new school funding formula in Pennsylvania, designed to address tax equity and academic adequacy, passed the House with a 107-94 vote. This development comes after a recent constitutional mandate demanding a fairer distribution of funds across 500 school districts.

The formula, which now heads to the Senate, requires an annual increase in basic education spending by $864 million over the next seven years. Of this, $728 million each year will target closing educational gaps, while $136 million will help districts avoid tax increases by addressing tax equity.

The revised formula seeks to rectify long-standing disparities in school funding. However, critics argue it still benefits some districts over others. The debate highlights the contrast between districts with abundant resources and those lacking basic educational supports, as demonstrated by the differing conditions in East Penn and Allentown School Districts.

While the bill progresses, some legislators believe further revisions are necessary to ensure no district is disadvantaged.


Earl L. Crawford, Jr. 1937-2024

Earl worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 30 years before going into business for himself at Crawford Tire from 1981 until 2019.

Dennis W. Flythe 1953-2024

Denny attended Greencastle Antrim High School and graduated from Delaware State University. He focused on providing for his family and creating a legacy.

Arnold W. Wagaman 1939-2024

Arnie was employed at Mack Truck as a quality control specialist until his retirement; a total of 39 years. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and gardening.

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