Education Funding in the 2014-15 Budget
Basic Education Funding: The final budget includes $5,526,129,000 in funding for 2014-15, which is the same as the 2013-14 appropriation. Each school district receives the same amount it received in 2013-14.
- Allocations: 2014-2015 Estimated Basic Education Funding [Excel]
Special Education Funding: The final budget increases special education funding by $20 million over 2013-14 to $1,046,815,000. New funding is allocated using a formula adopted in Act 126 of 2014, which is based in part on the recommendations of the Special Education Funding Commission, and takes into consideration student needs.
- Allocations: 2014-2015 Estimated Special Education Funding [Excel]
The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials has a good overview of the new formula and how it is implemented.
Ready to Learn Block Grant: The final budget create a new Ready to Learn Block grant to replace the Accountability Block grant program and adds $100 million in new funding. For 2014-15 districts receive the same amount for the Accountability Block grant as in 20130-14. The additional $100 million is allocated to school districts and directly to charter schools through a new Ready to Learn formula.
The Ready to Learn formula includes three factors: student enrollment/ aid ratio factor, a poverty factor, and an English language learner factor.
The formula is $231 x (ADM x aid ratio) + $34.65 x (LEP count x aid ratio) + $57.75 x (economic disadvantage count x aid ratio)
- Allocations: 2014-2015 Estimated Ready to Learn Block Grant [Excel]