Radnor panel hears from fair education funding group
RADNOR — The Radnor Township School Board government relations and communications committee recently listened to an advocate from Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), a nonprofit that promotes more school funding and health care for children.
Tomea Sippio-Smith, K-12 education policy director, said various organizations are taking part in a lobbying campaign called Pennsylvania Schools Work (paschoolswork.org) that seeks to increase state funding for public schools. Although the state has adopted a fair funding formula, Sippio-Smith said in practice it is not fair to poorer districts that need more help.
Board President Lydia Solomon said that she had attended a meeting with other Delaware County school board presidents and heard how some districts have “a dire, dire situation” because there is not enough money for education. If increased state funding is not provided “they are going to be bankrupt and be taken over by the state and lose local control.”
Sippio-Smith said that these neighboring districts are part of the ongoing fair funding lawsuit brought by the William Penn School District.
“Some districts, no matter how much they raise taxes, will never be able to not only stay afloat but be able provide students with what in some districts are considered necessities,” she said. These funding problems also affect some districts in Montgomery and Bucks counties, as well as Philadelphia.