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. (July 19) Republican ‘majority of majority’ rule could test any budget deal

By Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — In one of Pennsylvania’s defining legislative battles this century, then-Gov. Ed Rendell won passage of a $1 billion tax package, and it still nags some Republicans that their leaders worked with Democrats …


Read the full article here. (Jun 18) Education funding top issue among Pennsylvania voters

By Robert Swift, Harrisburg Bureau Chief Scranton Times-TribuneHARRISBURG — Education funding remains a top priority among Pennsylvania voters, with the deadline for passing the next state budget less than two weeks away, according to a new statewide poll released today. Almost …


Read the full article here. (May 19) State Teachers of the Year identify main barriers to student success, their three top school funding priorities

By Lindsey Layton The Washington Post The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, …


Read the full article here. (May 11) Study ties higher tuition at public universities to lower state aid

By Tim Stuhldreyer LancasterOnline.com Why does college cost so much? If you go to a public university, it’s mostly because your state isn’t picking up as much of the tab, according to a new study. More than 75 percent of …


Read the full article here. (Apr 28) Court punts on fair education funding in Pa. (YDR opinion)

Court punts on fair education funding in Pa. (YDR opinion) Digital First Media Pennsylvania Editorial Board. YDR editors are members of this board. Kids and taxpayers in poor school districts who for years have been weighed down by an inherently …


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 …

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