Welcome to Pennsylvania School Funding

FY 2015-2016 State Education Budget Proposal


The PA Association of School Business Officials and the PA Association of School Administrators released on February 23, 2015 their joint annual school budget survey, “Continued Cuts: The Fifth Annual PASA-PASBO Report on School District Budgets.” 


EPLC President Ron Cowell Provides Testimony Basic Education Funding Commission on K-12 school funding issues - September 30, 2014 – with special emphasis on issues important to Pennsylvania’s rural school districts, and the students they serve


PASA/PASBO Basic Education Funding Commission School Finance Briefing Presentation – August 20, 2014 – (aka “Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About PA Education Funding, But Were Afraid to Ask”)


The History of School Funding in Pennsylvania 1682-2013 - PA Association of Rural and Small Schools


“Focus on Education” TV Program  The May 2013 episode of The Education Policy and Leadership Center’s series with PCN covered Public Education Funding in Pennsylvania.


PA Budget and Policy Center  has compiled publicly available data on enrollment in public, private and charter education in the Commonwealth as well as information about education funding and school poverty.  Education Facts


PSEA created an Online calculator that illustrates State budget funding for public schools since 2010, highlighting the total cuts for each district and county.


Latest News


Read the full article here. (Apr 19) EDITORIAL: Despite growing ‘opt-out’ trend, standardized tests serve a purpose

EDITORIAL: Despite growing ‘opt-out’ trend, standardized tests serve a purpose By Express-Times opinion staff lehighvalleylive.com “Okay, everyone: Take a deep breath. Relax. Make sure your pencils are sharpened. You’ve studied hard to get here. Do your best.” These are the …


Read the full article here. (Apr 13) Two PA lawmakers announce ‘hold harmless’-type bill for schools, in case there’s budget impasse

Capitolwire: Two Republican lawmakers announce ‘hold harmless’-type bill for schools, in case there’s budget impasse By Christen Smith Capitolwire HARRISBURG (April 13) – Two Republican lawmakers announced plans Monday to introduce what they call “School Funding Guarantee Legislation.” Rep. Dave …


Read the full article here. (Mar 23) U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says PA’s funding gap between rich, poor schools is nation’s worst

Secretary Arne Duncan says Pa.’s funding gap between rich, poor schools is nation’s worst By Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff WriterU.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that Pennsylvania does the worst job in the nation of funding low-income school districts. …


Read the full article here. (Mar 17) In Letter to Superintendents, Governor Wolf Announces Plan to Ensure Historic Education Investment Reaches the Classroom

(Press Release from the Office of Governor Wolf, 3/17/15) In Letter to Superintendents, Governor Wolf Announces Plan to Ensure Historic Education Investment Reaches the Classroom Harrisburg, PA – As part of Governor Tom Wolf’s historic commitment to public education, his …


Read the full article here. (Mar 3) EPLC Education Notebook – Special Budget Edition – Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EPLC Education Notebook – Special Budget Edition – Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (PDF) Outline of the content in this edition: SUMMARY OF GOVERNOR WOLF’S PROPOSED EDUCATION BUDGET Basic Education Subsidy Special Education Early Education Career and Technical Education Adult and …


Read the full article here. (Feb 11) Governor Wolf proposes education reinvestment plan featuring natural gas severance tax

The following press release was issued by Governor Wolf’s Press Office. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2015 Governor Wolf Proposes Education Reinvestment Plan Featuring Natural Gas Severance Tax Thorndale, Pa. – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today proposed an education reinvestment …


Read the full article here. (Nov 6) EPLC “Focus on Education” TV Show to Air Nov 9, Feature Kathy Manderino & Rep. Paul Clymer

EPLC will air its next “Focus on Education” TV Program on PCN this coming Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. Guest 1: Kathy Manderino, Campaign Manager of the new Campaign for Fair Education Funding and Former Pennsylvania State Representative Guest 2: Pennsylvania …


Read the full article here. (Nov 4) PA Governor-Elect Tom Wolf Hails Education a Priority

“We need to reestablish education as a priority in Pennsylvania. This nation was founded on the idea of a broad based citizenship and, very early on in the history of the republic, our ancestors realized that education was the key …


Read the full article here. (Oct 30) Obama administration issues rules to regulate colleges with career-training programs

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel The Washington Post For-profit colleges will have to limit how much debt students amass in career-training programs or have their federal funding cut, according to rules issued Thursday by the Obama administration. The rules are the culmination …


Read the full article here. (Sept 30) EPLC President Ron Cowell’s Testimony to Basic Education Funding Commission

EPLC President Ron Cowell Provides Testimony to the Pennsylvania State Legislature’s Basic Education Funding Commission on K-12 school funding issues, with special emphasis on issues important to Pennsylvania’s rural school districts, and the students they serve On September 30, 2014 in Clarion, …

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