The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has compiled publicly available data on enrollment in public, private, and charter education in the commonwealth as well as information about education funding, school poverty, and other resources on Pennsylvania education policy.
Click on the links below to access education one-pagers, charts and graphs, and links to more detailed data.
An Overview of Education in Pennsylvania
Public School Enrollment: In 2011-12, Pennsylvania’s public schools enrolled 1,765,327 students in grades Pre-K through 12 across the state’s 500 school districts. 94.1% of students are enrolled in district-run schools and 5.9% attend charter schools.
Private School Enrollment: Enrollment in Pennsylvania’s private and non-public schools remained steady for more than a decade, at around 330,000 students, but began to decline sharply after 2000. Total enrollment in private schools dropped by 30.5% between 1999-00 and 2011-12.
Charter School Growth: Enrollment in public charter schools has been on the rise, growing from 11,413 students in 1999-00 to 105,036 in 2011-12. While much of the growth in charter enrollment comes from students who transfer from other public schools, a portion of the new enrollment may be from students who were previously enrolled in private schools.
School Poverty: Get detailed data on student poverty concentration by school district.
Education Funding in the State Budget: PBPC has archived analyses of education funding in the last five state budgets and in the proposed 2014-15 budget.
Other Education Policy Resources
The 2014-15 Budget
- Resources from the PA Budget Summit, February 2014
- PBPC's Analysis of Education Funding in Proposed Budget, February 2014
- Half of Education Cuts in 2011 Were to State, Not Federal, Funds, February 2014
- Blog: Education Love Fest Starts, But Is It The Real Thing? January 2014
- Letter to the Editor: Setting the Record Straight about PA School Funding Cuts, November 2013
- Blog: A Call for an Education Funding Formula in PA, October 2013
- Blog: School Funding Should Be Harrisburg's Top Fall Priority, September 2013
- Poll: School Cuts Top Concern for Pennsylvania Voters, June 2013
- Report Card on Philadelphia School Funding, December 2013
- Philadelphia School Funding Agreement Comes with Strings Attached, June 2013
Property Tax Reform
- While Property Tax Reform Proposals Abound in Harrisburg, Real Reform Still Needed, December 2013
- Whiteboard Video: Don’t Let Property Tax Plan Derail PA Schools, October 2013
- Property Tax Elimination Bill Threatens Long-term Public School Funding, October 2013
- Investing in a "Thorough and Efficient System of Education": What Will it Take and How Do We Get There, January 2014
- Property Tax Relief that Works: Proven Strategies for PA, November 2013
- What’s At Stake for PA Schools in Property Tax Elimination Proposal, October 2013
- The Truth about Education Funding Cuts in Pennsylvania, May 2013