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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This report examines school funding in Pennsylvania, focusing on the city of Philadelphia and on other low-income school districts. The report highlights recent funding cuts, and the policy choices that led to these cuts. The end of the report suggests some alternative – and better – choices that Pennsylvania might make regarding state school funding and tax policies going forward.

April 24, 2014

A new poll out confirms the public’s support for more education funding and a new education funding formula.

March 17, 2014

A coalition of education advocates joined forces recently to call on Philadelphia City Council to provide $195 million in sustainable local funding to the city's school district next year.

March 5, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett's fourth budget is very different from his first. Tough talk about reining in spending has been replaced with a host of new initiatives that resonate with the public, particularly women.

Updated: February 26, 2014

View video, PowerPoint presentations, photos, and other resources from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's 2014 Budget Summit in Harrisburg. 

February 26, 2014

View PBPC analyses of the final enacted state education budgets of the last five years, an analysis of education funding in the proposed 2013-14 budget, and details on the December 2007 Costing Out study on education funding in Pennsylvania.

February 10, 2014

Pennsylvania’s economy is not recovering as quickly as most states. Gov. Corbett, attempting to improve growth, made a bet that a billion dollars in new corporate tax cuts would fuel economic recovery, but that bet has been lost. 

February 5, 2014

Punxsutawney Phil is predicting more chilly weather ahead, but a winter-weary Gov. Tom Corbett must have spring on his mind. His budget address Tuesday painted a bright and rosy picture of Pennsylvania's future even as we remain in the grip of a long economic winter.

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