Partners for Public Education: School Funding
2017-18 Proposed Budget
In his 2017-18 budget plan, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed funding increases of $100 million for basic education, $75 million for early childhood programs, and $25 million for special education.
He also proposed a state investment of $2 million in school breakfast in order to draw down $20 million in federal funds that would allow more Pennsylvania students to start their school day off with a nutritious meal. The initiative would help schools adopt and expand programs that work, like breakfast after the bell, breakfast in the classroom, and grab-and-go models.
Take a moment to urge your state lawmakers to support the governor's school breakfast initiative.
Lawmakers will review the governor's proposed budget and approve the budget and related legislation to go into effect July 1, 2017.
State legislators came together in July 2016 to complete the state budget process, passing legislation authorizing the tax revenues to pay for the budget and the instructions for how to spend it.
Lawmakers adopted a $31.6 billion budget with bipartisan support. It included increases in basic and special education funding that our schools and students desperately need:
- $200 million more for basic education
- $20 million more for special education
- $30 million more for pre-kindergarten
These investments are less than what Gov. Tom Wolf proposed in February, but are a positive step toward the funding levels schools need and students deserve.
Pennsylvania also adopted a new, fair funding formula for our schools. Gov. Wolf signed that bill into law in May, and the formula it includes is driving out this year's school funding increases. Pennsylvania is 46th in the nation in state funding to public schools and dead last in equity. This new formula will go a long way to correcting this.
Over the past several months, we have asked Partners like you to let your state lawmakers know just how important it is to make needed investments in our public schools. Many of you took the time to do just that. On behalf of Pennsylvania's 1.7 million public school students and their families, thank you.
Read more about investments in public education at Partners' School Funding Issue Page.