Welcome to Pennsylvania School Funding

2016-2017 State Education Budget


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. (Jul 15) Gov. Tom Wolf: Good news from Harrisburg, The timely passage of a strong budget bodes well for Pa.

by Governor Tom Wolf Pittsburgh Post-Gazette After months of negotiations and compromise, Pennsylvania has secured a 2016-2017 state budget that increases funding for schools, devotes resources to battle the opioid-abuse epidemic and reduces the deficit. As has been said by …


Read the full article here. (Jul 15) State universities to see a $178 tuition increase, smallest in nine years

by Vibha Kannan, Staff Writer The Philadelphia Inquirer The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s board of governors on Thursday approved a $178 tuition increase for state universities this fall – the smallest hike in nine years. Full-time in-state students …


Read the full article here. (Jul 15) Lesson learned?: Public outrage likely forced a faster state budget

By the Editorial Board Pittsburgh Post-Gazette If the comparatively swift delivery of a budget is any sign, state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf heard loud and clear the public’s dissatisfaction with the previous year’s gridlock. If they have some momentum …


Read the full article here. (Jul 14) Pedro A. Rivera: New state budget invests in Wilkes-Barre Area students, and boosts Pennsylvania’s prospects

By Pedro A. Rivera, PA Secretary of Education – Guest columnist Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre) The 2016-17 budget provides a significant step forward for Pennsylvania schools. It will help promote student success, and improve access to a high-quality education – regardless …


Read the full article here. (Jul 14) Pa. budget deal with education funding boost hinged on compromise, avoiding controversy

From Keystone Crossroads The dust has settled on the 2016-17 Pennsylvania budget, and, as usual, debates over education funding and policy dominated much of the negotiations. Last year this time, Democrats and Republicans were still miles apart on budget talks, …


Read the full article here. (Jul 12) What kids need to hear about race and violence — but many schools won’t touch

By Valerie Strauss The Washington Post There are plenty of resources available for educators and parents to help them engage young people in conversations about race, racism and police violence. I published such a list this week, which you can …


Read the full article here. (Jul 11) Pennsylvania adopts a new formula to fund schools

By Lucas Rodgers Daily Local News (Chester County) Last year Pennsylvania had the highest public school funding gap in the country between rich school districts and poor school districts, according to data from the United States Department of Education. However, …


Read the full article here. (Oct 5) Pennsylvania Business Council Foundation: PA voters support PA Core, Keystone Exams & graduation requirements, concerned about education funding

HARRISBURG — A poll of 700 active Pennsylvania voters shows continuing support for more rigorous academic standards, and very strong support for new statewide exams and tougher graduation requirements according to the Pennsylvania Business Council (PBC) Foundation, sponsors of the …


Read the full article here. (Sep 30) ‘Wild West’ charter school spending, lack of openness spotlighted in Roebuck report

Reining in overpayments could help resolve state budget impasse State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., today released a report on Pennsylvania charter schools that spotlights what he called the “Wild West” spending or borrowing practices of some, as well as a …


Read the full article here. (Sep 10) Hanger: Wolf offering ‘major concessions’ in PA budget talks

by James McGinnis Bucks County Courier Times Seventy days into the state budget stalemate, Gov. Tom Wolf is offering major concessions to Republicans in Harrisburg, including a 401(k)-style pension plan for new state workers, John Hanger, secretary of planning and …

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