How state budget cuts affect your district
In 2011, Gov. Tom Corbett slashed nearly $1 billion from Pennsylvania's public schools, creating a school funding crisis that is getting worse every year these funds are not restored.
The governor's 2014-15 proposed budget includes $240 million for a new “Ready to Learn” block grant program, but includes NO INCREASE in the basic education subsidy, the primary mechanism through which school districts receive state funding.
“Ready to Learn” block grants restrict school districts' use of these funds. Districts can apply to use them for a short list of state-prescribed initiatives.
But new block grant funds CANNOT be used to restore most programs, services, and educator jobs that districts cut over the past three years.
The state's poorest school districts will likely face the most severe restrictions on how they can spend the new block grant funding. Since 2011, school funding cuts have fallen most heavily on poorer school districts.
Use the menus below to find basic education funding amounts for every year since 2010-11. The numbers reflect only the funding that directly supports classroom instruction, the commonly-accepted method of showing these allocations. Learn more here.
You may see calculations elsewhere that include state funding for transportation and other items not directly related to classroom instruction.