Identifying and Meeting the Challenges Facing the Allentown School District, PA

Prepared for a group of local business leaders, CEOs, and other county-level civic leaders, this report examines the economic and fiscal challenges facing the third largest urban school district in Pennsylvania.  Gathering together a variety of data on property taxes, wealth per student, teacher turnover, student demographics, and performance, APA worked to determine whether inequities existed in the resources available to the Allentown City School District. Based on data gathering, analysis, and interviews with county leaders and district superintendents, APA was able to document in this report significant resource disparities that led the state legislature to provide nearly $11 million in new funding for the district.