Investments in public schools pay off

When we take a moment to appreciate the tremendous opportunity that educators have to shape young people into good, caring, strong leaders, we see how important it is to invest in our schools.

Researchers with the national Education Policy Center found in a report last year that in order to improve student performance, schools need adequate and equitable funding — especially in schools educating children living in poverty.

That's why Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are making public education a priority in the state budget discussions. Both the governor's plan and a PA House-approved budget bill would increase basic education funding by $100 million and special education funding by $25 million.

Both proposals use the recently adopted funding formulas for basic and special education. These formulas have bipartisan support and are widely regarded in the education community as helping to improve Pennsylvania's long history of inequitable distribution of funding.



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