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School Funding

The state recently released a “Costing-Out Study” which determines how much money it would actually take to educate every student in Pennsylvania. The fact that the state conducted the study is an organizing victory in and of itself that was the result of many years of pressure to do so from education advocacy and organizing groups. We’ve always known that Philadelphia public schools are under-funded; the study determined that out of Pennsylvania’s 501 school districts, 474 are not provided with resources adequate to meet their students’ needs. This forms the basis of PSU’s new strategy, which is to create a peer-to-peer network of students across the state who can mobilize and agitate for a new funding formula that will finally address the inequities in the way our schools are funded. The study determined that Philadelphia needs approximately $5,000 more than the $10,000 currently spent per student, or $1 billion overall, to keep pace with the increasing costs of providing a quality education for all students.

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