The Importance of Fair School Funding


that’s the ratio of return to the local economy on every $1 invested in early childhood education

Money matters in education, and children attending well-resourced schools perform better on achievement tests. Pennsylvania is one of only three states that creates budgets without using a statewide education funding formula.

As a result, the quality of a child’s education often depends on their zip code. High-poverty public schools in Pennsylvania spend an annual average of $3,000 less per student compared to wealthy schools, adding up to a funding gap of $75,000 in a classroom of 25 students. The Education Law Center has long been a leading statewide advocate for more adequate and equitable state funding, and will continue to be a leading voice in this work.

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Fact Sheet

ELC History of Pennsylvania Public School Funding

An ELC Fact Sheet published in November 2011 detailing the history of public school funding approaches in Pennsylvania.



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Current Law & Policy

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