Pennsylvania is the only state that maintains a “hold harmless” approach to funding schools. This system protects school districts that are losing students at the expense of districts that are stable or growing, like all of the districts in our region of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Compared to 26 years ago, the state is spending $560 million on shrinking districts without regard to their enrollment decline of 167,000 students. Our school districts and 80% of the state’s Black and Hispanic students bear the brunt of this failed policy.
SIGN THIS LETTER insisting that Pennsylvania must step to the plate, increase funding for public schools, and end the legacy of the poorest and most racially diverse students carrying the burden of lawmakers unwilling to invest in the success of every child.