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Nutter's team blasts candidates on school funding ideas, pushes tax hike

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Apr 14, 2015 04:55 PM

Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter has made headlines recently for blasting the field of candidates running to take his job.

Specifically, he says that all of their plans to meet the School District's funding needs are "bogus."

Campaign for education funding proposes formula for state aid


Allison Welton

on Mar 25, 2015 09:15 AM

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding (CFEF), a statewide coalition of 46 organizations seeking predictability and fairness in how Pennsylvania allocates revenue to school districts, has proposed its own version of a formula for basic education funding.

Should Pa. schools expect a big boost in funding? Depends on whom you ask

By Sara Hoover for NewsWorks on Mar 19, 2015 03:44 PM

Superintendents may get whiplash from trying to keep up with what Harrisburg wants them to do with proposed state funding. A partisan battle is heating up over state education dollars that school districts don't have -- and may not even see.

Wanted – A fair funding formula

By the Notebook on Feb 5, 2015 10:59 AM

Since last July, a Basic Education Funding Commission has been collecting testimony across the state, charged by Harrisburg with developing a rational system for distributing state education aid. Their work is urgently needed.

Not only is current state funding for most Pennsylvania districts inadequate, it is unpredictable and subject to political manipulation. And any system that makes taxpayers in poor districts pay tax rates two or three times higher than in affluent districts and still end up with less revenue is deeply flawed. The system relies far too much on local tax dollars.

Formula is not a silver bullet -- overall state funding matters too, report says

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Jan 16, 2015 09:37 AM

The size of the pie matters, not just how you slice it.

This is one finding of a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative, which looked at 10 big-city school districts across the country and compared how the state funding formulas of each affected funding at the district level.

Commission hears from Philadelphia that spending cuts have created a crisis

By Dale Mezzacappa on Nov 18, 2014 06:12 PM

Experts, advocates, and ordinary citizens from Philadelphia on Tuesday told legislators charged with revising Pennsylvania's education funding formula that city schools are reeling from the consequences of insufficient revenue and urged the panel to base state aid on real student need. 

"Philadelphia schools are now a strong investment," said School Reform Commission Chair Bill Green to the members of the Basic Education Funding Commission, which has been holding hearings around the state. He said that several years ago, while on City Council, he didn't believe this, but that he is now confident in the leadership of Superintendent William Hite.

Election 2014: A look at Corbett and Wolf on education

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Oct 21, 2014 04:12 PM

OK, let's get right to the looming question: Did Gov. Corbett cut a billion dollars from public, K-12 education?

That question can be answered in different ways. It all depends on what you count, and how you count it.

If you say yes, Corbett did cut the money, here's how your logic goes, as put together by Democrat Tom Wolf.

Austerity, uncertainty loom large as Class of 2018 arrives


Dale Mezzacappa

on Sep 2, 2014 11:32 AM

Beginning high school is daunting enough for most young people. But this year, students in Philadelphia face worries that most of their counterparts in more reliably funded districts don’t have.

Will their schedules be disrupted if more layoffs become necessary and some teachers disappear? Will counselors be available to make sure they are taking the courses they need? Will their high school even offer all the courses they want – in some cases, courses that attracted them to that school in the first place?

Commonwealth Foundation's analysis of Philly school finances is flawed

By John Sludden on Aug 14, 2014 11:13 AM

Note: This is adapted from a brief that was published Aug. 8 by the Philadelphia-based group Research for Action. The full brief can be found here.

Philadelphia’s school funding situation is a central issue in state policy discussions. The recent debate has focused on city’s authority to raise taxes on cigarettes. But the essential questions on whether the school system has enough money have been present in the state capitol for at least two decades.

The Commonwealth Foundation released a brief on Philadelphia school trends recently that received prominent attention in the local press. It argued that despite a funding increase, the District has little academic improvement to show for it.

Can we trust the Philly cigarette tax revenue projections? A look inside the numbers

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Aug 13, 2014 02:34 PM

You can hear them calling in the street.

They lean on corners, squat on milk crates, rest on folding chairs – angling for a buck.

At the bustling intersection where Erie and Germantown Avenues slice through North Broad Street, they occupy every corner, calling to passersby:

"Loosie! Loosie!"

They're the city's black market cigarette hawks.

From packs semi-hidden in coat pockets or under thighs, the hawks sell individual "loosie" cigarettes. On a recent hot Friday afternoon, the going rate on North Broad was 50 cents a pop.

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