Two Schools: 15 Miles and Worlds Apart
By Avi Wolfman-Arent | November 22, 2016
Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, and Overbrook High School in Philadelphia are a mere 15 miles from each other. But they’re worlds apart.
Take the matter of water — that most basic element of human life.
Upper Dublin's new high school, finished in 2012, features an 18-lane swimming pool with two spring-diving boards and a movable bulkhead that allows the pool to be configured for swim meets and water polo matches. The natatorium even has its own air-filtration system so the smell of chlorine doesn’t seep into the surrounding hallways or waft in the way of enjoying the tasteful mosaic that adorns the entryway to the facility.
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Studies Show Racial Bias in Pennsylvania School Funding
|This chart, taken from Pennsylvania Department of Education data, shows that while both Pottstown and Mahanoy City in Schuylkill County have similar levels of poverty, and would receive similar levels of basic education funding under the fair funding formula, Pottsown, which has a less-white population, receives significantly less under the current funding mechanism, while Mahanoy receives more than its fair share.
Graphic by David Mosenkis
By By Evan Brandt, The Mercury | April 30, 2017
POTTSTOWN >> People objecting to Pennsylvaniaís status as the state with the widest gap between funding for rich and poor school districts have argued that a zip code all-too-often determines the quality of a studentís education.
Apparently the color of a studentís skin matters even more.
New research has found that the less white a districtís students are, the more unfair the funding gap in state basic education dollars.
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Editorial: The shameful inequity in Pa. school funding
May 7, 2017
This newspaper has long been at the forefront of the argument for fair schools funding in Pennsylvania, arguing that the state Constitution guarantees every child a quality education regardless of wealth or address.
Now, two recent studies show the issue is about more than just zip code; itís also a matter of black and white.
A report last Sunday by Digital First Media reporter Evan Brandt highlighted research which shows that the less white a districtís students are, the wider the funding gap in state basic education dollars.
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Pa. Schools are the Nationís Most Inequitable. The New Governor Wants to Fix That
By Emma Brown | April 22, 2017
PHILADELPHIA ó At Martin Luther King High, a hulking half-full school here, there arenít enough textbooks to go around. If teachers want to make a photocopy, they have to buy paper themselves. Though an overwhelming majority of students are living in poverty, no social worker is available to help. Private donations allow for some dance and music classes, but they serve just 60 of the schoolís 1,200 students.
At Lower Merion High, 10 miles away in a suburb of stately stone homes, copy paper and textbooks are available but are rarely necessary: Each student has a school-provided laptop. A pool allows for lifeguarding classes, and an arts wing hosts courses in photography, ceramics, studio art and jewelry making. The campus has a social worker.
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