ERIC Number: ED338468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Rich Schools--Poor Schools: Challenges for Rural and Urban Pennsylvania. Technical Paper No. 8.
Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
This report examines the wealth of Pennsylvania school districts, the effort districts exert to support education, school expenditures, and the effects of district wealth on students. Important findings related to disparities in wealth and spending on education include: (1) the polarization of wealth distribution during the 1980s made over 90% of rural school districts and over 50% of urban school districts below the state average in wealth per student; (2) the wealthiest school districts raise nearly four times as much local revenue per student as the poorest school districts; (3) poorer school districts exert a greater tax effort to support education; (4) expenditures for instruction, teacher salaries, and specialized classrooms are greater in wealthy school districts; (5) poorer districts have higher dropout rates; and (6) a smaller percentage of high school seniors from poorer school districts plan to get a postsecondary education. Adequate funding should be provided to guarantee children a quality basic education, which will require changes in the way education is funded in Pennsylvania. Telecommunications can increase educational opportunities in rural schools. Efforts should be increased to encourage students to further their education after high school, particularly in scientific and technological fields. In addition, more educational partnerships should be formed to increase resources. This document contains tables, figures, and a map of school districts. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
Note: Red ink used in tables and print will not be distinguishable in film or paper copies.