Education

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.

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 29, 2012

In addition to passing a state budget, the General Assembly is moving legislation to change the rules for charter school authorization, expand the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, provide additional funding for distressed schools and establish new standards for teacher evaluations.

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.

June 25, 2012

Expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) now will drain more state revenue away from public schools at a time when many are laying off teachers, cutting kindergarten or prekindergarten, and eliminating courses, PBPC researchers write in a new analysis.

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