Pennsylvania faces a long-term challenge in public education and economic development. Current policies are defining the haves and have-nots statewide. It's not good for students, and it's bad for local economies.
However, the angst being heard in some communities may help to explain the election-year momentum and optimism for changes to public school funding in Harrisburg. With bills moving through the Legislature to address basic education funding and school construction, minds are changing all the way up to the governor's mansion.
There are two foundational state funding streams that schools depend on — basic education funding for operations and school construction dollars.