Poorer students to be hurt more with state budget

June 29, 2011 – The state’s most vulnerable students have the most to lose in the budget passed by the Senate on Tuesday night.

The cuts will lead to a greater funding disparity between the poorest and richest districts, said Ron Cowell, president of the Education Policy and Leadership Center, based in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania’s 2007 costing-out study, which examined adequate-funding shortfalls in districts and was the basis for the state’s funding formula, provided greater funding to poorer districts for the last three years. When funding reverts to levels from 2008-09, the districts that gained the most since then also lose the most, said Jay Himes, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials.

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