Bonus allocations another disappointing twist in Pa. education funding

December 12, 2018

Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders of both political parties have negotiated behind the scenes in Harrisburg to send millions of dollars in bonus funding to about two dozen of the state’s 500 school districts. That’s unacceptable. Fairness and equality of opportunity should be granted to all students in Pennsylvania.

Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders of both political parties have negotiated behind the scenes in Harrisburg to send millions of dollars in bonus funding to about two dozen of the state’s 500 school districts, Jeff Hawkes reported in last weekend’s Sunday LNP. It does not appear that Lancaster County districts have received any of these funds. In the meantime, a lawsuit in which School District of Lancaster and other plaintiffs are arguing for fairness in state education funding is heading to trial, but probably not before the summer of 2020.

We remain confounded and infuriated by the unfairness of education funding in the commonwealth.

This newest development, as reported by Hawkes, takes the cake: the seemingly arbitrary doling out of millions of dollars in “bonus” funds to a small number of school districts. This is money above and beyond the standard allocation from Harrisburg.