Today, only 17% of Pennsylvania’s K-12 funding goes through the updated Fair Funding Formula. We need to fully implement the formula to eliminate an unjust system that has been proven to be harmful to our children’s education and largely benefits wealthier zip codes. For far too long, our students have suffered because of an unfair system that relies on property taxes to fund schools. My experience working with teachers, students, and school administrators gives me the necessary insight into how to make these changes a reality.
The Level Up Initiative provides much needed relief to the 100 poorest school districts in Pennsylvania. It is my priority to continue to advocate for the most vulnerable students by ensuring they have the resources needed to succeed. Pennsylvania has a bipartisan formula that equitably funds school districts across the state, but we don’t fund the formula, and this leads to a lack of education funding from the state. I’ve seen the effects of this firsthand—and the pandemic has brought to light many of these inequities. Now more than ever, the children of Pennsylvania need these support services.