School District Of The City Of York
Report: York City schools are most under-funded on per-student basis in PA
Recent media reports have highlighted the School District of the City of York’s status as the most under-funded Pennsylvania school district on a per-student basis, according to Equity First.
In response to media inquiries, Superintendent Dr. Eric Holmes issued the following statement:
At the School District of the City of York, we believe that all children deserve access to an education that fully prepares them to lead healthy, happy and productive lives. We are focused on delivering that level of high-quality education to the nearly 6,000 students who attend our schools.
Since the 2015-16 school year, the district has been implementing its current Recovery Plan of 23 specific strategies designed to improve student achievement. The hard work continues, but we are beginning to see significant, measurable results. We are also committed to maintaining financial stability. For the fifth year in a row, the administration has proposed a balanced budget that does not raise property taxes.
Our students do not need us to make excuses for them. They are just as intelligent, talented and capable as any group of Pennsylvania students. But they do need an education system that allocates resources equitably so that every student can meet his or her potential.
The reality is that 55 percent of York City students live in acute poverty, 20 percent receive Special Education services and about a quarter are learning English as a second language. Since the beginning of this school year, more than 1,600 students have enrolled in the district and almost 1,000 have withdrawn. That is nearly equivalent to the entire population of William Penn Senior High School changing in one school year.
The School District of the City of York is the most under-funded district in Pennsylvania on a per-student basis with a deficit of $51.7 million. If this district received that allocation of state funds, we could significantly reduce the local property-tax rate and still have the resources necessary to transform this district and provide our children with a 21st Century education.