Data suggests link between funding, achievement
The Sentinel by JULIANNE CAHILL Education/religion editor firstname.lastname@example.org
LEWISTOWN — Does education funding affect student achievement?
State data suggests a link between the two. A report issued in late March by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children outlines a positive correlation between school spending and student performance. Researchers based the study on estimated adequacy targets, which measure the amount of money expected to ensure children can meet Pennsylvania’s academic standards. According to the report, adequacy is achieved when school districts are able to provide the resources necessary to help students reach their educational potential. The idea is to level the playing field by taking into consideration district size, wealth, enrollment, poverty and local tax effort among other factors that reflect student and community needs.
SB406: Bill that would make it harder for local school boards to raise taxes misses the mark
Lancaster Online Editorial by The LNP Editorial Board April 11, 2017
THE ISSUE - A bill in the state Legislature would make it harder for school boards to increase property taxes. Senate Bill 406 would require a two-thirds vote to approve tax increases, rather than a simple majority. That means for a nine-member school board, six votes would be required instead of five to approve an increase. The Senate Education Committee unanimously approved the proposal March 29, and it is now headed to the full Senate for consideration. The rationale goes something like this: Rising property taxes have become the millstone around the necks of property owners — particularly seniors. If a local school board is considering raising taxes, the process requires extended deliberation. Any decision to increase taxes should not come easily, thus the requirement of a two-thirds vote. Raising taxes should be “really hard,” the bill’s co-sponsor, Republican state Sen. Mike Folmer, told LNP. Folmer serves parts of Dauphin and York counties and all of Lebanon County. “There should be no tax that should be able to tax somebody out of (his home).” Folmer might find agreement among some of our readers, who write regularly about rising property taxes and who are now staring down the barrel of a reassessment.
To discuss school funding in Pennsylvania and the implications of the proposed state budgets for education in the Commonwealth.
Part 2: Guests included –
Carey Harris, Executive Director, PA Early Learning Investment Commission
Kate Woods, JD, Member of the PA Early Learning Investment Commission and Corporate and ACA Compliance Officer, Capital Blue Cross
To discuss early learning in Pennsylvania and the work of the PA Early Learning Investment Commission.
All EPLC “Focus on Education” TV shows are hosted by EPLC President Ron Cowell.
When it comes to Pennsylvania's future, education may be the most important issue facing the state. Almost everyone can agree that a good education is key to making a good living, preparing a work force, and maintaining a healthy economy and high quality of life. How to provide and pay for quality education is what makes it an issue. There are many opinions and almost as much research into what is successful and even how to measure that success. As a result, there is no simple answer on how to improve schools and education overall. There are many. Monday's Smart Talk features Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera. A few of the issues we'll discuss are improving student performance, the role of schools in today's communities, education funding, the state budget, challenges facing schools, higher education, and charter schools.
George Bezanis is a social studies teacher at Central High School. He serves as the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' representative at Central and is a leader of the union's Caucus of Working Educators.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch April 10, 2017 //
The betrayal of Pennsylvania public schools by the State legislature began in the early 1990’s when Pennsylvania government consciously destroyed its Equalized Subsidy for Basic Education (ESBE) formula. That method of State funding had been successfully used to bridge the wide gaps between poorer and more affluent school districts. The ESBE formula each year had utilized factors of community wealth and pupil population to drive out annual subsidies to school systems that distributed State money equitably based on each school district’s affluence and pupil population. Unfortunately, the growing costs of this ESBE formula to the State budget, despite its positive impacts, caused cowardly politicians fearing necessary tax increases to eliminate the ESBE funding formula. This result has been that over two decades, billions of dollars in State subsidies have been denied to school districts across the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania now has the widest disparities in the nation in spending among its wealthiest and poorest districts with pupils who live in poverty and need the most getting the least, while students in wealthier districts live with all sorts of educational and school enhancements. This legislative incompetence has created a system where the gaps of per-pupil spending among Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts are now enormous, ranging from $9,800 to $28,400.
- Education officials say they cannot provide accurate information about how much money private schools receive from ESA funding
— Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh), Senate Appropriations Committee chair
- Monday, May 1, 6-8 p.m. — Parkway West CTC, 7101 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA 15071
- Tuesday, May 2, 7:30-9 a.m. — A W Beattie Career Center, 9600 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park, PA 15101
- Tuesday, May 2, 6-8 p.m. — Crawford County CTC, 860 Thurston Road, Meadville, PA 16335
- Wednesday, May 3, 6-8 p.m. — St. Marys Area School District, 977 S. St Marys Road, Saint Marys, PA 15857
- Thursday, May 4, 6-8 p.m. — Central Montco Technical High School, 821 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
- Friday, May 5, 7:30-9 a.m. — Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Dr, Schnecksville, PA 18078
- Monday, May 15, 6-8 p.m. — CTC of Lackawanna Co., 3201 Rockwell Avenue, Scranton, PA 18508
- Tuesday, May 16, 6-8 p.m. — PSBA, 400 Bent Creek Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
- Wednesday, May 17, 6-8 p.m. — Lycoming CTC, 293 Cemetery Street, Hughesville, PA 17737
- Thursday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. — Chestnut Ridge SD, 3281 Valley Road, Fishertown, PA 15539