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.
On July 8, the Senate agreed to a House amended version of HB 278, sending the bill to Governor Corbett for his signature (or other action). This document describes the major provisions of the Fiscal Code and how it relates to the implementation of the 2014-15 Budget.
Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that have not begun to replace higher education funds cut during the recession, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C. The state is providing $2,206 less per student in inflation-adjusted dollars to public colleges than it did in 2008.
The School District of Philadelphia and other low-income school districts have been significantly harmed by Pennsylvania's failure to adequately fund public education, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.
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.