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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Fights for Fair and Full Funding for Public Schools

CFEF Rally

Nearly two years after launching the Campaign for Fair Education FundingPennsylvania’s Legislature passed historic bipartisan legislation to enact a Basic Education Funding formula. In a year of partisan disputes, Republican and Democratic leaders worked together and prioritized students above party differences. The formula, recommended by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC), directs money to school districts based on objective factors, such as the district’s wealth, the district’s current tax effort and the district’s ability to raise revenue. The formula also includes student-­based factors, including the number of children in the district who live in poverty, the number of children enrolled in charter schools and the number of children who are English Language Learners.

This new formula includes many of the same elements the recommended by the Campaign for Fair Education Funding. 

CFEF Rally

Campaign for Fair Education Funding Mission

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding’s mission is to ensure that Pennsylvania adopts and maintains an adequate and equitable system of funding public education. Every public school must have the resources necessary to enable every child to meet state academic standards, be prepared for post-secondary success, and become productive, knowledgeable, and engaged adults.

Prior to Spring 2016, Pennsylvania was one of a small number of states without a formula and ranked among the nation’s least equitable states for public education funding. The National Center for Education Statistics found that Pennsylvania had the widest funding gap between wealthy and poor school districts of any state in the country. Per pupil spending in the state’s poorest districts was 33 percent less than in the wealthiest districts. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, increasing funding investment and equity decreases achievement gaps and provides a lifetime boost to low-income students.

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Campaign for Fair Education Funding Members

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding is a statewide nonpartisan effort made up of organizations that, collectively, represent Pennsylvanians from every corner of the state. The campaign includes more than 50 education advocacy organizations; teachers and school administrators; representatives of charter schools and traditional public schools; urban and rural interests; business and organized labor; faith-based groups; and community groups.

To strengthen the base of the campaign and elevate the voice of students in Southwestern Pennsylvania, a local coalition formed. Members include A+ Schools, Allies for Children, Education Law Center, Hear Me, PennCAN, Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN), Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

The local coalition coordinated more than 50 legislative visits at district and capitol offices, held call-in events and rallies, hosted telephone town halls, scheduled media appearances and organized canvassing activities.  Members also educated lawmakers, students, educators and business, civic and faith-based leaders about the school funding issue. 

In June 2015 and May 2016, the Southwestern Pennsylvania coalition led a delegation from the Pittsburgh region to join hundreds of others from across the commonwealth to attend Campaign for Fair Education Funding rallies. Parents, students, clergy, local community leaders, teachers and other educators shared reasons why all students should have access to a quality education no matter where they live.

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Check Out Our Blog Posts:

Governor Signs Revenue Package and Balances Budget

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Take a Big Step Forward in Equitably Funding School

Allies for Children Reacts to Governor Wolf’s Budget Announcement

Allies for Children Responds to Governor Wolf’s Second State Budget Proposal

Campaign for Fair Education Funding Commends Governor’s Continued Commitment to a Fair Funding Formula

Allies for Children Signs Letter Asking Governor & General Assembly to Prioritize Students in Budget Negotiations

Allies for Children Issues Statement Following Governor’s Assertion of Intent to Line-Item Veto Budget

Allies for Children Urges Elected Officials to Say No to Mandatory Backend Referenda on Local School Taxes

Campaign for Fair Education Funding Opposes Tentative Tax Referendum Proposal

Students Speak Out for a Basic Education Funding Formula

What PA Legislators Should Check Off Their Back-to-School To-Do Lists

Pittsburgh Area Groups Urge Legislators to Invest in Education

Campaign for Fair Education Funding Says State Budget Passed by the Pennsylvania House Does Not Meet Student Needs

Allies for Children Joins Hundreds of Pennsylvanians to Rally for Fair Education Funding

Allies for Children Executive Director Commends Basic Education Funding Commission

You’re Invited! Join us at the #FairFundingPA Twitter Chat Monday, June 15 from 1-2 PM EST

Top 10 Reasons Pennsylvania Needs a Better Education Funding System

Speak up & Tweet up for PA Students #FairFundingPA

How Proposed State Budget Impacts Education

Allies for Children Executive Director Patrick Dowd Responds to Governor Wolf’s Proposed State Budget

Allies for Children Testifies at Basic Education Funding Commission Hearing

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding Launches Effort to Ensure Access to Quality Education for Every PA Student

Former State Lawmaker to Lead School Funding Coalition

Allies for Children Joins School Funding Coalition

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