Budget & Finance
The commission will deliver a report to Gov. Josh Shapiro in November to guide development of a fairer, more adequate funding system.
Pennsylvania’s spending for education in the state budget is still in limbo amid partisan disputes.
Pennsylvania education advocates rejoice after GOP officials decline to appeal school funding ruling
Education groups say better days are ahead for ‘under-resourced’ schools, but a top GOP lawmaker cautions ‘money alone’ isn’t the solution.
The contracts cover everything from prekindergarten and office supplies to HVAC and strategic communications.
The mayor has no direct control over the schools, but does have the power to appoint all of the school board members who can then carry out the mayor’s vision regarding charter schools, the lottery admission process, and other education issues. Here’s where the candidates stand.
Students at the board meeting criticized district leadership for failing to quickly fix asbestos-ridden buildings, a flawed admissions process, and a lack of transparency.
Board President Reginald Streater wants the city to increase annual local funding for the district by $318 million by 2027.
In Philadelphia, 83% of early childhood programs are currently facing a staffing shortage and nearly 3,000 children are on a waitlist.
Shapiro’s first budget boosts school spending but fails to direct more to districts like Philadelphia
Advocates say ending ‘Level Up’ money would be ‘a step backwards’ for the state.
Evoking civil rights, Philadelphia-area senator proposes state school funding hike of $3.15 billion hike
State senator says Pennsylvania’s current K-12 system funding ‘harkens back to the days of Jim Crow.’
Republican lawmakers stress the need for more school choice but don’t say whether they’ll appeal the ruling.
Commonwealth Court judge highlights disparities between school districts, but her ruling could be swiftly appealed.
As attorney general, Shapiro said the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to public schools.
Firm will study more successful urban districts, proposal says
Shapiro has also sided with plaintiffs challenging the state’s school funding system.
Post-trial oral arguments in the battle over the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s K-12 funding system begin July 26.
District’s top financial official says schools need more revenue in the long term.
A Philadelphia official warns the spending deal doesn’t do as much for schools as it should.
The $60 million shortfall is a small share of the district’s overall budget, but officials are worried about the long-term impact.
The district has big plans for $1.1 billion in the latest round of federal relief, but it won’t be a cure-all.
Authority says district can keep money it once called an overpayment
Principals told the board the draft budget means they will lose needed staff.
While the district touts an overall increase, administrators say some schools could lose staff.
Republican legislative leaders say the system, which results in wide disparities among districts, passes constitutional muster
The legal dispute began in 2014, but a final resolution is still months if not years away.
They say charter schools, cybers, and tax-funded scholarships make the system “thorough and efficient,” despite wide gaps in district spending.
The increase is primarily in the basic education subsidy, but includes savings through charter funding reform and $60 million more for Pre-K Counts
Legislators opposed to putting more money into public education start their case by focusing on a private Christian school.
Constant cutting is ‘heartbreaking,’ testifies Wilkes-Barre leader in Pennsylvania school funding case
In ninth week, petitioners wrap up their case. Legislative leaders will start calling witnesses on Monday
Uri Monson says that the Philly district could start running shortfalls in fiscal 2025,
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