It should come as no surprise that recent polls show Pennsylvania voters care deeply about funding for their schools. In the most recent gubernatorial election, Governor Tom Wolf ran and won on a platform largely focused on educational issues and creating a fair funding formula for Pennsylvania's schools. Two polls taken earlier this year make Pennsylvanians' concerns even clearer, finding that increasing state funding for public education was the top priority for voters and they supported this funding increase by a ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Alongside the finding that 74% of voters support increased funding, the polls also showed 80% supported creating a fair funding formula—a crucial requirement if the state hopes to bring equitable educational resources to all of its students regardless of their zip code. Without a fair funding formula, schools that serve higher-needs students (like those from low-income families or English language learners) won't receive the resources necessary to support these students and give them high quality educational opportunities.
To learn more, read The Campaign for Fair Education Funding's summary of the poll results here.