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 proposed 2014-15 budget includes $240 million for new “Ready to Learn” block grants , but includes NO INCREASE in the basic education subsidy, the primary mechanism through which school districts receive state funding. 

The new block grants restrict school districts' use of the 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 new block grant funding. Since 2011, school funding cuts have fallen most heavily on poorer school districts

Use the menus below to find school 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.

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Use the drop-down menus to find out how the state budget affects your district.


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Use the drop-down menu below to find school district funding sorted by county. Use the "Print to see more detail" link to find data comparing state budget funding for public schools since 2010.

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SD = School District    ●    CS = Charter School or Cyber Charter School