SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
Even Pennsylvania’s low-poverty districts spend more than low-poverty districts nationally.
What does this mean? If great “equality” was the goal, we could cut spending by wealthy districts (caps on local school property taxes would be a way to do this), spend at the national average, and have greater equality between districts.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
State aid to public schools—adjusted for inflation—increased by 41 percent since 1974.
Pennsylvania actually provides more state funding than the national average on a per-student basis. The “state share” as a percentage only appears low because Pennsylvania schools receive about $3,000 more per student from local revenue, and in total revenue, than the national average.