BEF Hearings Underway (September 20, 2023)

The Basic Education Funding Commission launched a series of hearings this week to gather testimony to help improve the state’s basic education funding (BEF) system. The commission is comprised of three members of each party from both the House and Senate, as well as three members of the Shapiro administration.
Earlier this year, the funding system was declared unconstitutional by Commonwealth Court, and lawmakers were directed to develop a remedy with attention to adequacy, equity, and timeliness.
Hearings held in Allentown, Harrisburg and Philadelphia provided feedback from public school finance experts, education advocates and others. Additional hearings are planned over the next several weeks, concluding with one in Bedford in November.
For more information, or to submit comments to the commission or watch the hearings, visit