Basic Education Funding

DOWNINGTOWN, March 5 – After years of chronic underfunding, state lawmakers should focus on how much investment in public education is needed, experts detailed. The House Majority Policy Committee hosted a hearing on the topic at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, hosted by Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester). Experts explained how an absence of fair and equitable funding at the state level for public education has caused financial burdens for residents, forcing taxpayers to cover the shortfall in funding when property taxes are raised to fund local schools.  

  • Host: Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester
  • Testifiers:
    • Dr. Pamela Brown- Southeastern Region President, Pennsylvania State Education Association
    • Laura Johnson- Board Member, Pottstown School District
    • Susan Spicka- Executive Director, Education Voters of Pennsylvania
    • Donna Cooper- Executive Director, Children First PA
    • Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg- Senior Attorney, Public Interest Law Center

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