• School Funding Inequality in Pennsylvania: A Base-Superstructure Analysis

    Author(s):
    David Backer (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Education and Pedagogy
    Subject(s):
    Education, Communism, Socialism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Marxism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/6c55-2e17
    Abstract:
    This essay provides a brief overview of the base-superstructure model for social analysis, which is then applied to the problem of school funding inequality in Pennsylvania. A review of contemporary data, followed by a discussion of the historical practices and institutions behind these data, along with recent survey attempts to address funding inequities, is presented. The author argues that while legalactions through state and federal courts has been the predominant strategy to address school funding inequality, raced and classed practices in real estate markets are ultimately more impactful in maintaining that inequality. Following Tegeler and Hilton’s (2018) research on disrupting the mutually reinforcing cycle of housing and school inequality, a reframing of the problem in terms of property relations and point to policy recommendations for educational leaders based on that analysis is recommended. This essay illustrates that educational leaders must become local housing advocates to equalize school funding across the state.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
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