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What’s new about the new PA funding formula?

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

  • The 2007 "costing-out" study is used to determine each district’s need.
  • Extra funds are awarded for students in poverty and English language learners.
  • Funds are allocated based on each district’s spending shortfall or "adequacy gap."
  • Many of the neediest districts get double-digit percentage increases.
  • Districts must develop accountability plans to moniter the use of new funds.
  • The state pledges to meet funding adequacy targets by 2013.

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