Pennsylvania School Funding Special Report

EQUITY FIRST RELEASES 2018 LIST OF MOST UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL DISTRICTS
EQUITY FIRST RELEASES 2018 LIST OF MOST UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL DISTRICTS

EQUITY FIRST RELEASES 2018 LIST OF MOST UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL DISTRICTS

The Brutal-Truth of Basic Education and Special Education Funding

14 Districts Underfunded by $3,000 Per Student
In Basic and Special Education Funding

53 Districts Underfunded by $1,000 Per Student
In Basic and Special Education Funding

While 265 Districts Overfunded by $1,000 Per Student
In Basic and Special Education

90 Districts Overfunded by $3,000 Per Student
In Basic and Special Education Funding

Incredibly, 8 Districts Overfunded by $5,000 Per Student
In Basic and Special Education Funding

3 State Budgets Keep Giving Overfunded Districts MORE, while Severely Underfunded Districts are Forced to Eliminate Pre-K, Kindergarten, Librarians and Technology

(Harrisburg, PA) – April 15, 2018 – This week Equity First and The Citizens for Fair School Funding released the 2018 List of Most Underfunded School Districts. The results are gut-wrenching. The York City School District won first prize for being underfunded by $6,565 per student in basic and special education. In a close 2nd place, Reading School District is underfunded by $6,520 per student and moving up to 3rd place, Harrisburg School District is now underfunded by $5,335 per student.

Conversely, South Side Area School District wins the laurels for most overfunded School District at a whopping $7,666 per student in basic and special education. No, that’s not a typo.

All told, 138 school districts are underfunded by $1.22 Billion Dollars, annually.

The proposed state budget does little to reverse three decades of underfunding for the state’s most underfunded districts as the proposed budget only adds $100 Million for Basic education and $20 million for Special education.

To make matters worse for the underfunded districts, the past three (3) state budgets have continued to share the funding with all 500 districts including the state’s most overfunded districts. The new state budget proposes to distribute the new funding to all 500 districts regardless of need.

Link to the 2018 List of Crushed School Districts, click on: Is My District Under-Funded: http://supportequityfirst.org/learn-more/

Equity First the non-profit coalition dedicated to fixing basic and special education funding in Pennsylvania, re-issued its three (3) year call to action for the General Assembly and Governor from the Report of the Basic Education Funding Commission.

The 2018 Equity First Plan to End School Funding Discrimination:

• Effective immediately, the State Budget shall distribute 100% of funding through the bipartisan funding formulas for Basic Education and Special Education for all students.
• No overfunded school districts shall receive any new state funding until all school districts are fully-funded through the bipartisan-adopted funding formulas for Basic Education and Special Education.
• Establish the School District Consolidation Fund to encourage the efficient consolidation of school districts.
• Cap the Fund Balance and Reserve Fund account balances at 18%.
• Establish a Cost Savings Commission to scrutinize all K-12 spending to implement cost-saving strategies.

For more information, visit www.SupportEqui
tyFirst.org and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @EquityFirstOrg.

The Citizens for Fair School Funding is a non-profit organization established to (1) raise awareness of the findings of the June 2015 bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission, (2) help underfunded school districts get funding equity as soon as possible so they don’t remain underfunded for another 25 years (3) support the establishment of the School Consolidation Fund and Cost-Savings Commission recommended in the BEF Commission Report.

www.SupportEquityFirst.org