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. (Aug 31) Editorial: State budget impasse hurts poor schools most

Editorial by the Pottstown Mercury Two months past the deadline for a state budget, and little has changed since the July 1 start of a new fiscal year. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature are no closer to resolution than …


Read the full article here. (Aug 26) OP-ED: Pa. needs sensible budget compromises

By Mark Price, Ph.D. Economist and Interim Research Director, Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center York Dispatch The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday that Pennsylvania created 66,500 jobs in the last 12 months. At …


Read the full article here. (Aug 26) Plan to override state budget fails

By Karen Langley and Kate Giammarise Post-Gazette Harrisburg BureauHARRISBURG — House Republicans didn’t have the votes to override portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget veto, but on Tuesday they went through the motions anyway, forcing Democrats to choose between breaking …


Read the full article here. (Aug 24) State budget tardy for beginning of school year, and that hurts Pennsylvania students: Nathan Mains

by Nathan Mains Pennlive.com Op-Ed Students and educators may be ready for the return to the classroom, but it appears that the Pennsylvania state budget will be tardy when the bell rings. Despite weeks of negotiations, the budget is almost …


Read the full article here. (Aug 19) The GOP offer – a deal in sight, or a new chance for a #PaBudget breakdown?: Analysis

by John L. Micek The Patriot-NewsOkay – here we go.They didn’t call it a “last, best offer,” but House and Senate Republicans gave Gov. Tom Wolf the functional equivalent when they emerged from a brief negotiating session on Wednesday morning.The …


Read the full article here. (Aug 19) Wolf, Republicans report progress on pension, education funding in budget stalemate

By Kate Giammarise and Karen Langley Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — For the first time in weeks, Republican legislative leaders say the potential for a deal on the long-overdue state budget appears to be closer. An offer by Republican legislative leaders …


Read the full article here. (Aug 13) Washington State Faces $100,000-a-Day Fine Until Schools Plan Is Reached

by Kirk Johnson The New York Times SEATTLE — Washington State’s highest court, which has threatened, cajoled and pleaded with the state Legislature and governor for years to close the gap in spending between rich and poor schools, said on …


Read the full article here. (Aug 12) Wolf’s budget talks with lawmakers focus on school funding

By Mark Scolforo Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP, Aug. 12) — Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders reported incremental progress after a fresh budget session Wednesday, saying they planned to reassemble to continue the discussion the next morning. “I’m standing …


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 …

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