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Stier, Marc – Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 2023
In this paper the author compares the impact of two proposals: one in the Shapiro administration's budget plan and one by the PA Schools Work (PASW) campaign for a down payment on fair and full funding of K-12 schools regarding how far they go in reducing the state's inequitable and inadequate school funding for school districts on the basis of…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Budgets, Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools
Cooper, Donna; Herzenberg, Stephen – Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 2023
Pennsylvania has a fragmented, underfunded high school career-related education system. This undercuts success in college and careers for hundreds of thousands of students annually, while exacerbating skill shortages for businesses and throttling Pennsylvania's economy. Pennsylvania also has a legislature that supports career-related education on…
Descriptors: High School Students, Career Education, Labor Needs, Labor Force Development
Polson, Diana – Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 2022
President Biden's recent announcement regarding student debt relief has brought the issue to center stage across Pennsylvania and the U.S. Access to quality higher education is so important to Pennsylvania's individuals and families, yet the high cost of college in the state has both limited who has access to a good education and, for those…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Loan Repayment, Student Loan Programs, Paying for College
Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 2022
For 25 years, starting in the early 1990s, Pennsylvania had no fair funding formula for distributing state school funding based on the number of students in each district and other factors that research shows impact the cost of delivering a quality education that meets state standards. Basic education funding in Pennsylvania remains both…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Funding Formulas, Special Education, Technical Education
Stier, Marc; Henninger-Voss, Eugene; Herzenberg, Stephen; Polson, Diana – Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 2021
It is well known that Pennsylvania's K-12 schools are inadequately and inequitably funded. But the extent of the problem is not fully understood. This paper uses new data and methods to demonstrate just how unfair--and in fact, morally unsustainable--the funding of elementary and secondary education is in the Commonwealth. It shows that the…
Descriptors: State Officials, Educational Finance, Equal Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Herzenberg, Stephen; Polson, Diana; Henninger-Voss, Eugene – Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 2021
After decades of decline, Scranton can capitalize on the unprecedented federal emergency relief provided to schools and communities in the pandemic and its wake. To do so, Scranton must recognize and address the threat to the city's public school system. Great public schools are the lifeblood of any thriving community, attracting and retaining…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Public Schools, Educational Finance
Polson, Diana; Henninger-Voss, Eugene – Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 2020
The United States and Pennsylvania economies remain deeply depressed compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic. While the unemployment rate has come back down to around 7% (7.3% in Pennsylvania, 6.9% in the U.S.), Pennsylvania had 488,000 fewer jobs in October than February and the U.S., 10 million fewer. With COVID case rates higher than ever and…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Educational Finance, COVID-19, Pandemics
Polson, Diana; Henninger-Voss, Eugene – Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 2020
This brief looks at how Pennsylvania distributed $174 million to Pennsylvania's public school districts in K-12 funding from the CARES Act that the federal government left up to states to allocate. The legislature and the Wolf administration agreed to distribute a fixed amount per district plus distribution of the remaining funds based on…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Pandemics, Federal Legislation, COVID-19