K-12 Education

Education Funding (Less Pensions) Still Below 2008-09 LevelsIssue Spotlight: 2014-15 PA Education Budget

The proposed 2014-15 budget provides no increase in the basic education subsidy line, leaving that allocation at $5.5 billion. Instead, the plan adds $251 million in other new classroom funding, which is still $430 million below 2010-11.

Budget Analysis: Education Funding in Governor's 2014-15 Proposal

Education Facts: Data on School Enrollment, Poverty, and Education Funding

Budget Summit: Resources from PBPC's 2014 PA Budget Summit

June 2013 Poll: School Cuts Top Concern for Pennsylvania Voters

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 7, 2015

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center urges members of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives to support the revenue package coming up for consideration today in their chamber. Voting for the package requires both political courage to do the difficult but right thing and common sense to see the obvious. Pennsylvania needs more revenue coming in to meet its obligations, close its structural deficit, protect its vulnerable citizens and make the kind of investment in education that voters want and every school child deserves.

Over the past few years, many other states, similar to Pennsylvania in 2011 and again today, have faced critical choices about whether to raise state revenues, hold firm to “no new taxes” or even cut taxes further. We examine the experience of four other states as well as Pennsylvania. Two of the other states – California and Minnesota – raised taxes to improve their fiscal health and to reinvest in education. The other two states – Kansas and Wisconsin – followed the same path as Pennsylvania under Gov. Corbett, cutting taxes in varying degrees and cutting education spending.

Wolf Budget Would Begin to Restore Educational Opportunity for All Pennsylvania Children

Republican budget would leave in place $500 million in 2011-12 classroom funding cuts, continuing class size increases and vital program eliminations

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- Sept. 16, 2015 --Harrisburg has become preoccupied with budget process and tactics in recent weeks. But what Pennsylvanians need is a good budget outcome – a budget that reinvests in education, jobs and communities using revenues from a severance tax, provides property tax relief and puts the state’s fiscal house in order.

To refocus attention on the key budget choices that legislators and Gov. Wolf must make, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center launched “Why the Budget Matters – Let’s Count the Ways.”

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) – Aug. 25, 2015 -- Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, issued the following statement after line-item veto override votes on the Republican budget failed in the Pennsylvania House.

“Now that several likely unconstitutional line-item veto override votes in the Pennsylvania House have failed, seven weeks after Gov. Wolf vetoed the Republican budget in its entirety, it’s time for the General Assembly’s leadership to finally get down to the real business of seriously negotiating a sustainable state budget. This budget must restore education funding, solve Pennsylvania’s structural budget deficit and invest in the state’s economic recovery.

 

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) – June 28, 2015 -- The 2015-16 proposed budget passed in a party-line vote by the Pennsylvania House yesterday, and under consideration by the Pennsylvania Senate tonight, continues to rely on the kind of one-time revenue sources and budget fixes that have patched together the state’s last four budgets and that have led to repeated downgrades of the state’s bond rating.

(HARRISBURG, PA) June 27, 2015 – Mark Price, research director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center,* issued the following statement in response to House Bill 1192, the General Appropriations bill, which the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is debating today:

“This budget is essentially Gov. Corbett’s fifth budget. It resurrects a failed, cuts-only approach to the budget that has been discredited by Pennsylvania’s experience over the last four years, in the vain hope that by doing the same thing again we will produce a different outcome. Pennsylvania’s recent poor economic performance can be directly attributed to this failed approach.

Instead, I encourage members of the General Assembly to look at the latest polls to see what’s important to Pennsylvania voters. Voters want to see restoration of education funding, property tax relief and a tax on drilling.

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