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.

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.

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