The PA Schools Work campaign is calling on the state to make a bold and significant investment in education for the 2022-23 school year towards closing the $4.6 billion school funding adequacy gap. Continued increases of this magnitude must occur if the Commonwealth is ever to achieve the goal of delivering high-quality educational opportunity for every Pennsylvania student.

 While the General Assembly has increased education funding over the past few years, the increases have not been enough to cover the $6.7 billion in mandated costs school districts have incurred over the last decade. With each passing year we get further from our goals of adequacy and equity and allow far too many students to languish in schools that are not sufficiently funded to meet their needs.

There are different options on the table for this budget year, but in the end, we need a significant down payment this year, ranging from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion, toward closing the funding gap. The state will have an accumulated surplus of almost $12 billion by the end of June that makes investments at this level possible.

There is a growing need for special education services for Pennsylvania students as well as career and technical education programs to meet students’ workforce needs, so we call on lawmakers to expand funding for those programs as part of this major investment.

An increase of $1.5 to $2.5 billion will not make our school funding system whole, but it will certainly help reduce funding inequities and give underserved students and students in low wealth districts a better chance of success and a brighter future.

PA Schools Work Campaign Calls for Substantial Investment in Public Education in This Year’s State Budget

HARRISBURG, PA (February 2, 2021) – Ahead of the governor’s proposed budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, the PA Schools Work campaign today called for the state to make a bold and significant investment in education to begin addressing chronic state underfunding, which has created a funding gap of $4.6 billion:   – READ MORE

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