Welcome to Pennsylvania School Funding


FY 2014-2015 State Education Budget


EPLC President Ron Cowell Provides Testimony Basic Education Funding Commission on K-12 school funding issues – September 30 – 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 – (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. (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, …


Read the full article here. (Sept 5) Corbett’s key electoral battleground — the classroom, not the campaign trail

John L. Micek The Patriot-News / pennlive.com If there’s one enemy that Gov. Tom Corbett has spent more time fighting than the Democrats who are gunning for his job, it’s the enduring claim that the Republican gutted Pennsylvania’s public schools …


Read the full article here. (Sept 5) PA Supreme Court to hear charter school lawsuit Tuesday

By Eric Boehm PA Independent The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Philadelphia School District’s decision to place limits on charter school enrollment. The School Reform Commission, a state-appointed body that runs the …


Read the full article here. (Sept 3) Free all-day kindergarten rolls out across Minnesota

By Kim McGuire Star Tribune This year, for the first time, the state of Minnesota is picking up the $134 million tab for full-day kindergarten, a move educators hope will provide an academic jump-start for the state’s youngest learners. Before …


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

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 districts and insufficient regulation …


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 …

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