Unequal and Insufficient Education Funding in PA Must Come To An End

Senator Hughes with the students of Lews Cassidy Academics Plus Elementary School

THE FACTS

In Their Own Words: Students talk about the condition of their school
 
Letters

Read Letters from the Students at Cassidy Elementary School
           Read Letters from the Students at
Cassidy Elementary School
In Their Own Words: Students talk about the condition of their school

We know that school funding inequities exist in Pennsylvania. I’ve seen it firsthand in my Senatorial district.

This is not just a Philadelphia issue; it’s a statewide issue. Children are learning in buildings with rodents, contaminated drinking water and outdated textbooks. Meanwhile, students in other districts can access the latest technologies to bolster their educations. Our children deserve better.

A group of fourth graders from Lewis Cassidy Academics Plus Elementary School in Overbrook has opened our eyes to the impact that it’s having on their education.

Cassidy fourth-grader Chelsea Mungo recently wrote to me about the need to fund schools, asking “Why does the color of the students’ skin matter how much money we get for our school?” Cassidy students also visited me last Tuesday at the Capitol as part of the Young Heroes Outreach Program; in return, I visited their school last Thursday to announce legislation that directly addresses their concerns.

THE SOLUTION

I’m introducing two bills: One would fund infrastructure repairs and renovations at schools and the other would ensure that more state dollars would go toward improving and enhancing classroom programs and supports.

Both bills would be funded through a tax on Marcellus Shale drilling, because it’s time for these companies to start paying their fair share for extracting our natural resources. We are the only state that does not impose a natural gas extraction tax. It’s predicted to bring in billions of dollars over the next five years.

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2401 North 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
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Conshohocken, PA 19428
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
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Fort Washington, PA 19034
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