K-12 Education

February 5, 2013

The governor’s budget does little to reduce the trend of disinvestment in Pennsylvania schools and communities. It relies heavily on speculative and one-time sources of funding, and proposes expensive new corporate tax breaks that will continue to shift costs to local taxpayers. Read PBPC's media statement.

October 23, 2012

The City of Philadelphia should take steps to recover some of the millions of dollars lost in interest rate swap deals that have proved costly in the wake of the Great Recession, PBPC Director Sharon Ward testified in a Philadelphia City Council hearing.

September 24, 2012

Any reform must be fair, transparent and based on an individual’s ability to pay, PBPC Director Sharon Ward testified before the House Select Committee on Property Tax today.

July 26, 2012

"Eliminating school property taxes in Pennsylvania ... would have dire unintended consequences for our state, our residents, and our children," Michael Wood testified before the Senate Finance Committee today.

June 26, 2012

Accountability block grants will be flat-funded at $100 million, and higher education funding is restored to current year levels. Get more details, including education funding by school district.

Updated: June 11, 2012

Legislation to eliminate all school property taxes in the commonwealth would have dire unintended consequences for our state, our residents and our children, PBPC Research Director Michael Wood testified before the state House Finance Committee.

May 22, 2012

Next year, Pennsylvania will spend $2.4 billion on business tax breaks. That amount has tripled over the last 10 years and does not count the hundreds of millions of dollars lost annually to corporate tax loopholes.

May 9, 2012

The Pennsylvania Senate approved a $27.6 billion budget plan that restores the Governor's cuts to higher education and some cuts made to K-12 education.

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