Of the districts with the largest percentage increases, only half were named the poorest: Norristown, Steelton-Highspire, Columbia, Mid Valley and Allentown – which received the largest top tier supplement of the group. , with $ 6.4 million.
The Allentown supplement was just behind the Philadelphia supplement. Philly received $ 39.5 million of the $ 100 million. That money, along with an increase of over $ 26 million through the formula, increased the city’s school district by $ 65.8 million, or 5.7 percent over state funding from Last year.
David Mosenkis, a statistician with the faith-based advocacy group POWER, called Level Up’s funding “just a small step in the right direction.”
But like many advocates who want more funding for education, he doesn’t think it’s nearly enough, especially given this year’s surplus. The governor’s initial plan to channel all funding through the student-weighted formula would have given Philadelphia tremendous momentum that would have been sustained into the future.
âPhiladelphia has lost approximately $ 400 million in each of the past years, which represents billions of dollars since the [fair funding] formula was instituted, âMosenkis said. âI’m not going to criticize. [This yearâs compromise] is definitely better than zero. But that’s a far cry from the bold proposal Governor Wolf had on the table. “
Three districts that would have received lower credits than last year due to the formula calculation ended up with modest increases, thanks to money from Level Up: Connellsville Area, Shenandoah Valley and Mount Carmel Area School Districts in the counties of Fayette, Schuylkill and Northumberland.
Four districts were funded flat: West Middlesex in Mercer County, Shade-Central City in Somerset, Bryn Athyn in Montgomery and West Greene in Greene. And the five that got slightly less funding were Bristol Borough, Jefferson-Morgan in Greene, General McLane in Erie, Midland Borough in Beaver, and Forest Area in Forest County.
Of these, funding decreases were all less than 1%, with the exception of Forest, which saw funding decline 1.4% from the previous year.