Are Rural Schools Being Short Changed?

In Pennsylvania, Governor Ed Rendell has proposed an overhaul of the state’s funding system.  He has proposed that a district which has a higher cost of living receive more state aid than a district with a lower cost of living.

While this would appear logical, several questions need to be raised. If school district has difficulty employing teachers should they be punished by receiving less money?  Also, since living is cheaper where the population tends to be poorer, how will you help the district with its funding?

This new funding formula would simply exacerbate the situation.