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.

Legislative Updates

2019-20 budget

Gov. Tom Wolf has made public education his top priority since he took office over four years ago, and he continues to put students, educators, and support professionals first in his proposed 2019-20 state budget.

Wolf’s budget plan, unveiled Feb. 5, builds on the investments he’s made in public education since taking office in 2015. In the coming months, lawmakers will review his proposal – and PSEA members will encourage them to pass it into law.

  • $200 million - Basic education
  • $50 million - Special education
  • $40 million - Pre-K Counts
  • $15 million -Early intervention
  • $10 million - Career and technical education

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


Additional resources

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