Welcome to Pennsylvania School Funding

FY 2016-2017 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. (Oct 5) Pennsylvania Business Council Foundation: PA voters support PA Core, Keystone Exams & graduation requirements, concerned about education funding

HARRISBURG — A poll of 700 active Pennsylvania voters shows continuing support for more rigorous academic standards, and very strong support for new statewide exams and tougher graduation requirements according to the Pennsylvania Business Council (PBC) Foundation, sponsors of the …


Read the full article here. (Sep 30) ‘Wild West’ charter school spending, lack of openness spotlighted in Roebuck report

Reining in overpayments could help resolve state budget impasse State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., today released a report on Pennsylvania charter schools that spotlights what he called the “Wild West” spending or borrowing practices of some, as well as a …


Read the full article here. (Sep 10) Hanger: Wolf offering ‘major concessions’ in PA budget talks

by James McGinnis Bucks County Courier Times Seventy days into the state budget stalemate, Gov. Tom Wolf is offering major concessions to Republicans in Harrisburg, including a 401(k)-style pension plan for new state workers, John Hanger, secretary of planning and …


Read the full article here. (Sep 8) Excitement, but also funding concerns as kids return to Philly schools

By Solomon Leach Philadelphia Daily News Like clockwork, tens of thousands of students will descend on the city’s public schools today, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after saying goodbye to summer. But another all-too-familiar tradition is the lingering concern about the district’s …


Read the full article here. (Sep 3) Schools pension fund to Pa. districts: State budget impasse doesn’t mean a break on local obligations

By Charles Thompson The Patriot-News Pennsylvania’s Public School Employees Retirement System has notified its constituent school districts that, budget impasse or not, it expects on-time payment of the local share of employee pension contributions. That bill, one of the largest …


Read the full article here. (Sep 3) One-on-one with Governor Wolf, talking budget stalemate

By Dennis Owens ABC27 News HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf concedes that job one in any budget negotiation is getting agreement from the two sides on how much money they have to spend. You need to know what …


Read the full article here. (Sep 3) School Districts Squeezed By Pennsylvania’s Budget Impasse

By Lauren Benshoff NPR Radio Click her to listen to the radio story. Due to lack of a state budget, teachers are working without pay in the Chester-Upland school system. The district says it can’t afford to pay them until …


Read the full article here. (Sep 2) In Chester district, pomp, and tough circumstances

By Kathy Boccella The Philadelphia Inquirer It was a day for traditions as the new school year opened in the cash-strapped Chester Upland School District this morning – the good and the bad. At 7:30 a.m., hundreds of students, teachers, …


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 …

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