Key Issue: School Funding

2016-17 state budget increases investments in schools

Gov. Wolf and state legislators completed the state budget process in mid-July. The 2016-17 state budget includes a $200 million increase in basic education funding, a $19 million increase for special education, and a $30 million increase for Pre-K Counts and Head Start. Ready to Learn block grant funding remains at the current year level of $242 million. Learn more here.

Pennsylvania's new school funding formula

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PSEA was at the forefront of a coalition that pushed for a new, fair funding formula for our schools. Gov. Wolf signed that bill into law in June, and the formula it includes will drive out this year's school funding increases. Right now, Pennsylvania is 46th in the nation in state funding to public schools and dead last in equity. This new formula will go a long way to correcting this. Find out how it impacts your school here.

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School Funding Crisis: By the numbers

Pennsylvania's 500 school districts and 1.8 million public school students continue to face a school funding crisis. 

How bad is the school funding crisis? Here's a snapshot that explains why it is so important to continue to increase funding for schools.

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