K-12 Education

July 2, 2013

“There is little to celebrate in this budget," says PBPC Director Sharon Ward. "It fails to adequately address the enormity of the funding crisis facing Pennsylvania schools. 80 percent of the cuts to classrooms are left intact, and that means higher property taxes and even larger class sizes in our schools.

June 30, 2013

The Philadelphia School District will receive new state funding, but with strings attached that leave some key decisions in the hands of the Secretary of Education.

June 21, 2013

Nearly 85 percent of the cuts to public school classrooms enacted in the past two years remain intact in the state budget plan before the Legislature, according to a new PBPC analysis.

Updated: June 12, 2013

New revenue from the city and state is necessary to avoid the most harmful cuts to the Philadelphia School District and avert the long-term damage that will be done to the current cohort of public school students.

June 4, 2013

Local officials from across Pennsylvania came to Harrisburg today with a message for state lawmakers: prioritize investments in our schools, county health services, and infrastructure over new state tax cuts.

May 22, 2013

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center hosted a webinar today to educate public school officials on school funding decisions being made in Harrisburg. Watch the webinar and download the PowerPoint presentation.

Updated: February 20, 2013

Governor Tom Corbett proposed a 2013-14 budget of $28.4 billion — up $400 million, or 1%, from the budget in place when he took office in January 2011. Read PBPC's detailed analysis of the proposal.

February 11, 2013

The Governor’s 2013-14 budget provides a small increase to the basic education subsidy, but overall funding for K-12 classrooms and higher education would remain well below 2010-11 levels.

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