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