TRJ Explores Inequities in Pa.’s Education Funding System

Toward Racial Justice explores inequities in Pennsylvania’s public education funding system Thursday, March 4 at 7pm on WITF’s YouTube Channel.

For decades, students of color have lagged behind their peers in academic achievement across the country. Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania, the school-funding formula hasn’t been able to remedy the disparities between affluent and poor public-school districts. A recent analysis shows that Pennsylvania schools need an additional $4.6 billion to close those education gaps.

Join us as we explore some of the racial disparities within Pennsylvania’s education funding system. We’ll also look at the inequities surrounding technology, staffing and basic needs that are not being met for many students of color across the state, as well as the impact this can have on their future.

Panelists forthcoming.

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Thursday, March 4 at 7pm Streamed LIVE on WITF’s YouTube Channel

Share your personal experiences or ask questions that we can address during this conversation. Email us at or share your story using #RacialJusticePA.

Our goal is to elevate underrepresented voices with special emphasis on giving young people a platform to discuss their views. Race and racism are uncomfortable topics. Our objective is to help serve as a catalyst for change by bringing people together to discuss possible solutions and inspire collective action.

The committee of co-organizers include:

  • Jankail Adams — Parent Liaison for the PA State GEAR UP-3 program, Harrisburg School District
  • Sharia Benn — President & Executive Artistic Director of Sankofa African American Theatre Company
  • Corey Dupree — Chief Operating Officer at The Bridge: Eco Village in Harrisburg
  • Stephanie A. Jirard — Chief Diversity Officer & Professor of Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University
  • Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Key Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
  • Delma Rivera-Lytle — Diversity Education Specialist at Central York School District
  • Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member

The entire conversation will be live streamed and recorded so those unable to attend can watch, listen and share. Visit to watch past conversations and find additional resources.

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