ERIC Number: ED441064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Adequate State Financing of Urban Schools. Part II: A Proposal for Funding Pennsylvania's Public Schools.
Casserly, Michael; Williams, Adriane; Lewis, Sharon
The Council of the Great City Schools proposes that Pennsylvania overhaul the formula for funding its public schools in order to provide Philadelphia and other poor and minority communities with resources equivalent to those in the highest achieving school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The proposal has two goals: (1) to propose a specific funding formula that would close identified school financing gaps; and (2) to provide an approach for considering variations on this proposed funding formula that would address equity issues. The proposal is based on a school finance adequacy model introduced in this report. The model that is the basis of the proposal calculates the revenue levels of the highest performing school districts and adjusts enrollment according to student poverty, English proficiency, and disability. The model then determines the share of adequate funding that the state and each local community would provide. The proposal uses data from the 1995-1996 school year; the most recent data available to the public. Although the proposal does not address the issue of property taxes or any other taxation method to support public education, it does address the regressive effect of property taxes by lessening their influence. Appendixes contain draft legislation to implement the proposed funding formula and a chart of proposed effects for state school districts. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania