Key Issue: School Funding

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Key Issue: School Funding

Pennsylvanians are proud of the public schools in their communities. When we invest in public education, we invest in the economic and social success of Pennsylvania students, their families, and the communities in which they live.

The quality of our public schools can influence crime rates, housing needs, health issues, business development, and cultural engagement – all of which are critical to the commonwealth’s social and economic vitality.

1.8 million

“Pennsylvania has 1.8 million students who are looking to elected officials to make sure they have access to public schools with the resources to offer a well-rounded curriculum."

~ PSEA President Rich Askey


Public Education: State Budget Scorecard

On Feb. 8, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his proposed 2022-23 state budget. In his last budget address as governor, he proposed an ambitious $1.97 billion increase in K-12 education programs.

These funding increases will help address the educator shortage by giving school districts the funding they need to increase starting salaries, attract more teachers to the profession, and hire more school psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses.

Gov. Wolf’s proposal is the first step in the state budget process. Here’s a rundown of key funding increases in his plan:

  • 2 billion for K-12 basic education funding
  • $300 million for Level Up funding for the state’s 100 most underfunded school districts
  • $200 million for special education funding
  • $60 million for Pre-K Counts
  • $10 million for the Head Start Supplemental Program; and
  • $200 million for the Nellie Bly Scholarship for students attending Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education schools.

Additional resources

Learn more about school funding in Pennsylvania: