Education Spending in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia

Professors Matthew Steinberg and Rand Quinn are experts on education funding and education policy. In a recent study prepared for the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Education, Steinberg and Quinn found that the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) does more, per pupil, with its current resources than its closest counterparts in terms of student poverty and achievement. However, Steinberg and Quinn point out that although SDP is doing more with less, only half of the district's students are proficient in math and reading, and adequate levels of resources are necessary so all students can be successful academically.

"Philadelphia is a story of possibility. Philadelphia is doing more than less."

-Matthew Steinberg in The Philadelphia Inquirer


Report and Presentation

View and download a copy of the report, Assessing Adequacy in Education Spending: A Summary of Key Findings from Pennsylvania and Philadelphia

View and download a copy of the presentation to Philadelphia City Council, Assessing Adequacy in Education Spending: A Summary of Key Findings.

 

Media Inquiries

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Press Release

For more information on Assessing Adequacy in Education Spending, please refer to the press release.

Press Coverage

WHYY Newsworks
UPenn report finds Pa. schools need an additional $3.5 billion, November 26, 2014
"Philadelphia is, in essence, doing more with less, when compared to its peer, high-poverty and low-achieving districts," write Steinberg and Quinn. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Study: Phila. schools do more with less than peers, November 20, 2013
"Philadelphia is a story of possibility," said Matthew P. Steinberg, an assistant professor at Penn's Graduate School of Education. "Philadelphia is doing more than less."

The Washington Post: The Answer Sheet
Surprising new research on school funding, November 20, 2013
"While the SDP is perennially underfunded and among the lowest-performing districts in the state, our preliminary findings from an ongoing study of school funding suggest that the SDP does more, per pupil, with its current resources  than its closest counterparts in terms of student poverty and achievement."