Welcome to Pennsylvania School Funding


FY 2014-2015 State Education Budget


PASA/PASBO Basic Education Funding Commission School Finance Briefing Presentation - August 20 - (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 -Pennsylvania Rural and Small Schools


PASBO/PASA Report  The PA Association of School Business Officials and the PA Association of School Administrators released on June 5 their joint annual school budget survey, “Continued Cuts: The Fourth Annual PASA-PASBO Report on School District Budgets.”


“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. (Aug 31) Funding For Charter Schools Source of Gubernatorial Debate As 80% of Students Leaving Traditional Public Schools Enroll In Charters Having Inferior State Test Performance

Charters Still An Issue On the eve of Labor Day, as schools across the state prepare to open for a new year, Pennsylvania still lacks clear strategies to tackle two of public education’s worst problems – inadequate funding of local …


Read the full article here. (Aug 26) Basic Ed circuit riders to boost awareness for need of ‘fair and predictable’ school funding

By Christen Smith Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Aug. 26) — Eleven “circuit riders” will deploy across the state Wednesday on a year-long mission to educate school district officials about the need for a fair and predictable basic education funding formula …


Read the full article here. (Aug 25) Study finds “de facto” segregation among charter schools

By Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief WITF Charter schools in Pennsylvania are defined by their flexibility and freedom from many state regulations. A new study shows they’re also marked by their lack of diversity. Penn State researchers found “de facto …


Read the full article here. (Aug 20) PASA / PASBO Basic Education Funding Commission School Finance Briefing Presentation

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About PA Education Funding, But Were Afraid to Ask By Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, PA Association of School Administrators and Jay Himes, Executive Director, PA Association of School Business Officials www.pasa-net.org/SchoolFundingPP.pdf


Read the full article here. (Aug 19) New Philly research consortium to “provide research and analyses on some of the city’s most pressing education issues” for the city’s district and charter sectors.

By Kevin McCorry Newsworks A first-of-its-kind research partnership that could highly influence Philadelphia’s public schools was announced Tuesday. The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC) – funded by a three-year $900,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation – will “provide research …


Read the full article here. (Aug 18) Manderino to head new school funding campaign

(Text of August 18 press release from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children) HARRISBURG – A former state lawmaker with a reputation for consensus-building will manage a newly formed, non-partisan campaign to address one of Pennsylvania’s most important and challenging issues: the …


Read the full article here. (Aug 6) Gov. Tom Corbett on defense over his education spending record amid criticisms from opponent Tom Wolf

By Steve Esack and Samantha Marcus, Of The Morning Call 11:50 a.m. EDT, August 6, 2014   As polls have predicted for more than a year, education funding has become the most tangible issue for voters in the upcoming governor’s election. The candidates know …


Read the full article here. (July 18) A renaissance requires investment, and Pennsylvania falls far short in support of public higher education

Pennsylvania ranks 47th among the 50 states in terms of its support for public higher education July 18, 2014 12:00 AM By MARK A. NORDENBERG A Post-Gazette town meeting last week focused on Pittsburgh’s “New Renaissance.” Our regional progress has …


Read the full article here. (July 1) Playing Politics With Education: Did the governors of Michigan and Pennsylvania cut education funding or increase it?

Fact Check .Org Posted on June 27, 2014 Summary Claims from gubernatorial candidates and their opponents about education funding in Michigan and Pennsylvania couldn’t appear to be more conflicting. In Michigan, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer talks about reversing Gov. …


Read the full article here. (June 26) FAILING IN SLOW MOTION How Economic Decline and Big Needs Are Battering the Columbia Borough School District

A Lancaster Newspapers Special Report By Jeff Hawkes, Susan Baldrige and Gil Smart BUDGET BLUES In Columbia on a frigid February morning, students without a ride to school walked. On sidewalks between high snow banks, they passed art galleries and …

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