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Deborah Gordon Klehr, executive director of Education Law Center (Photo: Courtesy Photo) Deborah Gordon Klehr, executive director of Education Law Center (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

For too many years, Pennsylvania has woefully underfunded public education. Only six states cover a smaller share of total K-12 education costs than ours. The state also distributes its funds inequitably. Few states do as poor a job of closing the gap between affluent and less affluent school districts. And research has shown a disturbing and consistent statewide pattern that Pennsylvania districts with larger numbers of African American students receive fewer state education dollars.

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