Education Law Center of Pennsylvania

Money Matters in Education Justice

Posted on March 13, 2017

Money Matters in Education Justice: Addressing Race and Class Inequities in Pennsylvania’s School Funding System

Resource Type: Analysis & Research
Focus Area: Fighting for Fair School Funding

March, 2017

The Pennsylvania Constitution guarantees that children across the state have access to a “thorough and efficient” system of public education, one that enables them to meet comprehensive state academic standards and graduation requirements. Despite this constitutional mandate, hundreds of thousands of children—particularly children of color and children in poorer communities—are denied the school resources they need to be successful in school and beyond. This Education Law Center report details the race and class inequities in Pennsylvania’s school funding system, building on ELC’s 2013 report “Funding, Formulas, and Fairness.” The research for this report was made possible in part with support from the William Penn Foundation. The opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the William Penn Foundation.

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