pennsylvania education funds

Pennsylvania schools have a hoarding problem

Originally published in The Mercury

“Pennsylvania has been chronically underfunding school districts for decades,” according to school board member Jackie Huff.

That is a common claim by politicians — including gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro. But Pennsylvania public school funding increased to an all-time high of $19,919 per pupil last year. Moreover, school districts have over $5.46 billion in unspent federal COVID-19 earmarks sitting in the state treasury, and less than five percent of school districts sought significant property tax hikes this year.

Does that sound like chronically underfunded schools?

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