Recommendations Due on 25-year Pennsylvania School Funding Disparity

A panel of lawmakers and advisers to Gov. Tom Wolf is about to issue a recommendation for an objective method of distributing aid to Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts.

Thursday's meeting of the Basic Education Funding Commission comes a year after then-Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law to create it.

Currently, Pennsylvania distributes $5.7 billion in classroom aid to schools through a formula that's been bent by the politics of governors and top lawmakers since the 1990s. Analysts say that's meant the poorest and fastest growing districts often lost out.

An Associated Press review shows big discrepancies, with some districts getting half as much per-student aid as districts of similar economic circumstances.

Wolf, a Democrat, is asking the Republican-controlled Legislature for Pennsylvania's biggest-ever one-year boost in school aid. 

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