Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year that includes increases for education — increases that are critical for children in Pennsylvania. But they will not be enough to provide children across the state with the resources they need to succeed in school.
Our budget brief reviews what the governor’s budget proposes for education, why this matters, and what happens now.
Gov. Tom Wolf presented a budget proposal to the General Assembly on Feb. 4 that would provide an additional $435 million for classroom spending in schools and early education programs across the Commonwealth, in addition to $1 billion to clean up toxic schools.
Education Law Center executive director Deborah Gordon Klehr comments: “There’s no question that Pennsylvania’s students need every dollar that the governor has proposed.”
Read her full statement.
Dozens of Pennsylvania organizations and advocates joined in a letter to Gov. Wolf in January 2020, urging him to help address the unmet needs of over 270,000 students with disabilities in Pennsylvania by increasing investment in special education and basic education in his FY2020-21 budget.
The letter calls for an increase of $100 million in special education funding and for restoring the declining state share of special education funding to the level of a decade ago – as well as calling for additional dollars in basic education funding to close the state’s massive adequacy gap . Finally, it calls for revisions to the state’s special education funding formula, both to better reflect district poverty and to extend the current three-tier funding system to charter schools, tying funding levels to student need.