Even before COVID-19, the inequity crisis in Pennsylvania was worsening, as mandated costs beyond school districts’ control, like pensions, special education, and charter school tuition increase year after year – at rates much higher than what the state has been willing to cover.
Over the past year, the pandemic has forced schools to spend more to educate students and keep them safe, while they collect less local revenue as a result of the economic downturn. Even with one-time federal relief money, schools will come out of the pandemic worse off financially than before. Without a major investment, school districts will be facing major cuts ahead.
Governor Wolf’s proposed PA budget for 2021-22 includes an historic additional $1.5 billion for public education with $200 million of that increase dedicated to special education.
This bold budget proposal responds to the moment and sets an historic marker for investing in public education. This proposal represents a public investment that is dedicated to moving Pennsylvania toward funding each school district equitably and adequately, with the resources to support it. Please join us throughout the budget cycle as we dive deep and advocate together for the students of Pennsylvania. Let’s get to work!
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.
HISTORIC PA BUDGET PROPOSAL REPRESENTS A MAJOR STEP TOWARD TACKLING PA’s LONG-STANDING SCHOOL FUNDING CRISIS
HARRISBURG, PA (February 2, 2021) — The PA Schools Work Campaign, a coalition of more than 30 organizations from across Pennsylvania representing educators; urban, rural and suburban communities; parents and community leaders working together to increase funding for PA public schools, saluted Governor Wolf for his bold $1.5 billion public education budget proposal, which responds to…READ MORE