Key Issue: School Funding

Gov. Wolf's proposed 2017-18 state budget invests in kids and schools 

Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a state budget that will nearly reverse $860 million in school funding cuts, with an additional $100 million for basic education and $25 million for special education. 

His proposal also includes an additional $75 million for pre-K programs like Pre-K Counts and Head Start, as well as funding for an innovative new school breakfast initiative. 

Here's what you need to know about Gov. Wolf's school funding increases:

  • The 2011 budget cut $860 million in school funding.
  • Gov. Wolf's last two budgets included $400 million in basic education funding increases.
  • The budget Gov. Wolf proposed today includes a $100 million basic education funding increase.
  • If Gov. Wolf's proposed budget becomes law, he will have nearly reversed the 2011 school funding cuts that have led to program cuts, property tax increases, and the loss of 27,000 education jobs.

Here's what you need to know about Gov. Wolf's school breakfast proposal:

  • Gov. Wolf's proposed budget Includes $2 million in new funding for school breakfast programs.
  • This state funding will draw down nearly $20 million in federal funding.
  • This initiative will allow school districts to offer breakfast during class time in order to serve more students.
  • Currently, only 50 percent of eligible students receive school breakfast.

School Funding Crisis: By the numbers

Pennsylvania's 500 school districts and 1.8 million public school students continue to face a school funding crisis. 

How bad is the school funding crisis? Here's a snapshot that explains why it is so important to continue to increase funding for schools.

School funding crisis graphic





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