Welcome to Pennsylvania School Funding


FY 2014-2015 State Education Budget


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. (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 …


Read the full article here. (June 18) City charters get $100M more for special ed than they spend; debate rages in Harrisburg

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 5, 2014 02:12 PM Philadelphia charter schools received more than $175 million last year to educate special education students, but spent only about $77 million for that purpose, according to a Notebook analysis of state …


Read the full article here. (June10) Phila. Funding Crisis Threatens Spread of Innovation

By Benjamin Herold Published Online: June 10, 2014 Philadelphia Nearly a year after Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. committed millions of dollars to expand Science Leadership Academy and two other pioneering district schools here, the investment in hands-on, technology-rich instructional …


Read the full article here. (Jun 5) PASBO/PASA Report: Fourth Annual Report On School District Budgets Shows Continued Cuts Across The Commonwealth

News Release HARRISBURG (June 5, 2014) – The fourth annual survey of school district budgets conducted by the PA Association of School Administrators (PASA) and the PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) shows, for the fourth consecutive year, cuts …


Read the full article here. (June 5) Survey paints bleak picture of Pa. school funding

By The Associated Press on June 05, 2014 at 3:33 PM HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rising costs and shrinking state and federal aid at Pennsylvania’s public schools are exacerbating a pattern of property-tax increases, school program cutbacks and employee layoffs, …


Read the full article here. (May 28) Schools want more state funding to cover cost of Keystone Exams

By Ginger Rae Dunbar, gdunbar@21st-centurymedia.com POSTED: 05/27/14, 11:46 AM EDT DOWNINGTOWN — School officials from five counties gathered recently to say that Pennsylvania school district budgets need more state funding as the mandated Keystone Exams are costly in preparation time and testing expenses. …


Read the full article here. (May 28) School nurses save, not cost money, new study says

Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer Last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 1:08 AM Across the country, full-time school nurses are often early victims of budget cuts, sacrificed to make ends meet in strapped school systems like Philadelphia’s. But having nurses can save …


Read the full article here. (May 5) Pa. granted exceptions allowing 164 school districts to raise property taxes more than 2.1 percent

By Jeff Frantz | jfrantz@pennlive.com  on May 02, 2014 at 4:20 PM, updated May 05, 2014 at 12:25 PM The Department of Education has granted exceptions to 164 school districts allowing them to raise property taxes more than the 2.1 percent index for …

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