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Pa. schools don’t need more money, students need alternatives

Originally published at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

School districts know how to add, but not Pennsylvania students. Statewide scores show declining student outcomes despite historic public education spending.

Pennsylvania school districts continue to stockpile massive reserves while lobbying for more tax dollars. Recent data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) shows school district reserve funds reached an all-time high of $6.8 billion last school year, an increase of $836 million from the previous year.

PDE also reported the total amount of tax dollars held in special funds outside of reserves. These are funds for capital expenditures, athletic facilities, and debt service.

Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette