HARRISBURG (June 6, 2023) — Following the passage of a state budget amendment yesterday in the PA House, the PA Schools Work campaign released the following statement:
“Pennsylvania’s House has listened to the needs of students and heard that the state is failing to meet its constitutional obligation to ensure that all students get a quality education, no matter where they live. The increased education funding in the state budget just passed by the House is the kind of down payment needed to begin dealing with the deep inequities in the state’s school funding system. The increases for public education do not put the taxpayers at risk. In fact, even with these increases the state will still have a $5 billion surplus and $5.5 billion in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. The additional spending in this budget is covered by higher, yet still conservative, estimates for revenues projected by the IFO for both the current and the next fiscal year.
“The PA Senate should embrace these new investments for Pennsylvania’s students and pass them as part of the final state budget.”