Key Issue: School Funding
State Budget Update
Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he will allow the 2015-16 supplemental state budget that the General Assembly passed in March to become law.
It's not the budget that our schools need or that our students deserve, but it keeps our schools open and ensures that our students, educators, and support professionals can finish the year without the threat of districts shutting down.
The budget provides a $150 million increase in basic education funding, a $50 million increase in Ready to Learn Block Grants, and a $30 million increase in special education funding. Gov. Wolf had proposed increases of $400 million in basic education funding and $100 million in special education funding.
Learn more about the supplemental 2015-16 state budget.
Gov. Wolf's 2016-17 budget proposal
Gov. Wolf's state budget proposal, unveiled on Feb. 9, would end Pennsylvania's school funding crisis. The governor warned that if lawmakers don't pass a fair, balanced budget that funds our schools, the state's deficit will hit $2 billion next year – and that means public school funding will get cut by $1 billion.
School Funding Resources
School Funding Crisis: By the numbers
Pennsylvania's 500 school districts and 1.8 million public school students are in the middle of a school funding crisis.
How bad is the school funding crisis? Here's a snapshot that explains why it is so important to increase funding for schools.