On May 29, 2020, Governor Wolf signed a state budget that will provide 12 months of sustained public education funding at 2019-20 levels. That means level funding for for the upcoming school year. It is a recognition that our schools are essential to our communities and the foundation for our economic recovery.
School districts are projected to experience massive local revenue losses of as much as $1 billion, while dealing with increased demands associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as additional cleaning, food services, health and mental health services, technology needs, and measures to provide safe social distancing when the schools reopen.
This crisis will have an indelible, negative impact on public schools for years to come. State leaders making Pennsylvania’s students a priority is honorable, and we urge them to continue to do so as the full impact of the coronavirus and resulting economic downturn becomes clearer. The inequities of our school funding system are being amplified during this crisis and more will need to be done to address them when the state emerges from the pandemic.
Under the 2020-21 state budget, all school districts will receive the same Basic Education and Special Education Funding allocations they received in the 2019-20 school year. Our partner organization, PSBA, put together a spreadsheet for each school district as well as estimated Ready-to-Learn Block Grant and 2020-21 School Safety and Security Grant eligibility amounts.
PA Schools Work Commends Governor and State Legislature on Protecting Schools from State Funding Cuts
Calls for Continued Bipartisan Federal and State Action to Keep Students on Track
HARRISBURG, PA (May 28, 2020) — The statewide education advocacy campaign PA Schools Work issued the following statement on passage of a stop-gap state budget for 2020-21:
We commend the state legislature and the governor for prioritizing Pennsylvania students and protecting our schools by providing flat funding for public education …READ MORE