This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
When Gov. Wolf announced last week that he’d support sending all of the state’s education money through its new funding formula, he emboldened advocates and riled opponents.
Now Wolf is hedging his position to say that any changes will “take time” and that he would not support a sudden, radical shift in the way Pennsylvania doles out school dollars.
“Gov. Wolf believes we must fully and adequately invest in public education, and that every dollar should be run through the fair funding formula,” said the governor’s spokesman, J.J. Abbott. “But achieving both of these goals will take time and additional funding, as well as input from the General Assembly, school districts, and communities across the commonwealth.”
Abbott added that Wolf would be pragmatic in making any changes to the state’s system for distributing education money.
He did not elaborate on exactly what type of proposal Wolf might support, but it’s safe to say that the governor is not keen on sending all money through the formula right now.
The state’s education funding debates are fraught with politics, though not the typical, right-left kind.