Governor Wolf Announces Basic Education Funding Distribution

April 05, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the distribution formula his administration will use to allocate basic education funding for the remainder of 2015-2016. The governor released the following statement:

“Since day one, I have been fighting for historic investments in education at all levels, including K through 12 basic education, to restore the devastating cuts that forced educator layoffs, increased class sizes, program cuts, and soaring property taxes. I have also been pushing for a fair funding formula to end Pennsylvania’s inequitable distribution of education dollars, one of the most inequitable in the country.

“We still have a long way to go to restore the damaging cuts and to implement a fair funding formula that takes into account each district’s unique needs. The new fair funding formula, which I support, cannot truly be fair unless the cuts are fully restored. Currently, only 4 percent of districts have seen their funding restored to 2010-11 levels and we are currently over $370 million short from fully restoring the cuts.

“That is why in January my administration began distributing money to schools through a restoration formula and why we will be using a similar restoration formula now. I remain hopeful Republican leaders will put politics aside and work with me to pass the 2016-17 budget in order to ensure we are adequately investing in education and finally implementing a fair funding formula.”

To view the distribution formula the administration will use to allocate Basic Education Funding for the remainder of 2015-2016: click here.

Just like in January, the Wolf Administration will continue the restoration of the most essential and significant components of the severe education funding cuts enacted under the previous governor and Republican-controlled legislature.

For the remainder of the 2015-16 year, looking only at an additional $50 million for basic education funding, money was allocated to districts as follows:

  • $25 million is being allocated for the restoration of the charter school reimbursement program.
  • $20 million is being allocated to continue to restore cuts made by Governor Corbett and the Republican-controlled legislature in 2011-12.
  • $5 million is being allocated through the new basic education fair funding formula.

In January, the governor released emergency funding through December 31, 2015. Looking only at an additional $100 million in the basic education funding line over 2014-15 and $50 million in the Ready to Learn Block Grant line, the funding was allocated as follows:

  • $47.4 million was allocated in an amount equal to the Educational Assistance Program funding allocation in 2010-11.
  • $37.6 million was allocated to make up the difference between the 2010-11 and 2014-15 basic education funding totals.
  • $12 million allocation went to the Chester Upland School District and $3 million was allocated to the Wilkinsburg Borough School District to help with severe financial distress.
  • The additional $50 million in Ready to Learn Block Grant funding was used to restore the charter reimbursement program that was eliminated by Governor Corbett and the Republican-controlled legislature.

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