Research Base

Funding Public Education Research Base

The Philadelphia Education Fund is a member of the School Funding Campaign Steering Committee.

Resource:

Pennsylvania's Costing-Out Study: What does it really cost to provide a quality education to every child?

Findings:

  • Wealth (personal income and property value) per pupil varies widely across the state – from $33,691 per weighted pupil (using the weights from the adequacy analysis) to $2,354,028; the latter district has 70 times the wealth of the former
  • State aid is distributed so that poorer districts receive more funding per pupil than wealthy districts, however, the effect of this aid is overwhelmed by local wealth discrepancies, since local revenues account for about twice as much as state aid
  • Districts with the greatest student need generate the least local revenue per pupil
  • Districts with the lowest wealth make a greater tax effort than districts with more wealth
  • Districts with higher wealth and lower needs spend more than lower wealth districts that are making a higher tax effort

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Resource:

The Education Law Center, Pennsylvania's Best Investment: The Social and Economic Benefits of Public Education

Findings:

  • Individuals who graduate and have access to quality education throughout primary and secondary school are more likely to find gainful employment, have stable families, and be active and productive citizens
  • These students are also less likely to commit serious crimes, less likely to place high demands on the public health care system, and less likely to enroll in welfare assistance programs
  • Investing in public education is thus far more cost-effective for the state than paying for the social and economic consequences of underfunded, low quality schools

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