State educators, parents and advocates call for equitable funding
A group of over 200 people from across the state traveled to Harrisburg to push for more funding for public schools in Pennsylvania.
The Campaign for Fair Education Funding (CFEF), an education public interest group in Pennsylvania gathered local school officials, parents and advocates at the state’s capital to demand from lawmakers a focus on the education funding as they begin to look at the next budget.
"An equitable basic education funding system is good for students and the state's economy, but if the state continues to limit funding increases to the level approved in this year's budget, infants in their cribs today will be out of high school by the time we achieve a fully-funded and fair public school funding system in Pennsylvania," said Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children in a statement.
It was not until March that Harrisburg finally agreed to pass the budget that was supposed to fund the state through June. A nine-month impasse between legislators and Gov. Tom Wolf led to a severe delay in funding for the state’s public schools amongst other things. Wolf broke the stalemate saying it was time to “move on.”
CFEF calls for $400 million more in school funding to be pushed through the state’s new fair education funding formula which was approved last month.