Pennsylvania public schools need funding reform, not more money

In Politics by Michael Rae

On the campaign trail this year, Josh Shapiro championed more money for public schools. Now that Democrats control Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives for the first time in over a decade, the state’s governor-elect will likely find ample support for that goal.

“Everyone knows that our schools are chronically underfunded,” said state Rep. Matthew D. Bradford (D-Montgomery County) in a recent press conference concerning Pennsylvania election results. 

But data show Pennsylvania already spends plenty on public education.

Between 2002 and 2020, Pennsylvania’s real education revenue skyrocketed by 49%, going from an average of $14,434 spent per student to $21,524 per student, placing the Keystone State at fifth-highest in the country for