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June 08, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

Gov. Wolf, Democratic Legislative Leaders Demand Fair Funding for Public Schools

Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference to highlight the injustice in the state's school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.

"School funding in Pennsylvania is still based on enrollment from 30 years ago and hasn't been updated in a generation," said Gov. Wolf. "This unfair school funding system is failing students, teachers, and communities, and that's unacceptable. We need to fix the mistakes of the past and make a comprehensive investment in education funding that actually works.

The state's outdated process for funding schools is based on student enrollment in 1992, without considering changes in student counts or current school district costs today. That forces growing school districts across urban, suburban and rural communities to make up for underfunding from the state by raising property taxes, increasing the burden on homeowners and businesses.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senate Appropriations Democratic Chairman Vince Hughes speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf laughing with supporters of the legislation.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>House Appropriations Committee Democratic Chairman Matt Bradford speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senate Appropriations Democratic Chairman Vince Hughes speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_014.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_015.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_016.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_017.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_018.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf listening to speakers.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_019.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senate Appropriations Democratic Chairman Vince Hughes speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_020.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf greeting supporters of the legislation.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_021.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf listening to speakers.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_022.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Norristown Area School District Superintendent Christopher Dormer speaking with the press.  Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_023.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking at the event. Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021 <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18810_gov_fairFunding_dz_024.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaking at the event. Continuing their commitment to students and working families, Governor Tom Wolf and House and Senate Democratic Leaders held a Capitol press conference today to highlight the injustice in the states school funding system and call for fair funding of every district.  Harrisburg, PA   June 8, 2021