As this issue of Voice went to press, PSEA was strongly advocating for education funding increases and increases to the minimum educator salary and minimum wage.
Gov. Tom Wolf proposed those measures in his 2019-20 state budget, and he and legislators were still negotiating a final budget at press time. PSEA was advocating the following measures:
$200 million increase in basic education funding.
$50 million increase in special education funding.
$40 million increase in pre-kindergarten and Head Start funding.
$60 million for school safety grants.
$15 million increase in early intervention.
$10 million increase in career and technical education subsidy.
$18,500 to $45,000 increase in state’s minimum educator salary.
$7.25 an hour to $12 in 2019 and to $15 by 2025 increase in state’s minimum wage .
Go to https://www.psea.org/issues-action/key-issues/key-issue-school-funding/budget-scorecard/ for the latest updates on the state budget.