BLOG: Governor Wolf Prioritizes School Funding in 2016-2017 Budget

By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretary

June 21, 2016

Funding our schools has always been, and continues to be, a top priority for Governor Wolf and his entire administration. As we approach the 2016-17 budget deadline, Gov. Wolf is fighting for a $250 million increase to basic education funding, as well as $30 million for early childhood education, and $30 million for special education.

If we want to put our schools on a path to succeed, we need to continue to invest in education. Though $250 million cannot fully reverse the severe education cuts made during the previous administration, it will move Pennsylvania in the right direction.

Pennsylvania recently took a hugely important step when Governor Wolf signed a fair funding formula. Prior to the passing of this bill, Pennsylvania was one of only three states that did not have such a formula in place, creating massive inequities in schools and hitting the most vulnerable students the hardest.

Establishing a fair funding formula is a vital step in bettering our commonwealth’s education system. But it is not a cure-all for the challenges our schools face. In order to give students the education and skills they need to excel in a 21st-century economy, we need to make significant investments in our schools.

If we don’t balance our budget with sustainable revenue to fix the deficit, we will not be able to invest in our schools. Instead, we will be faced with a $1 billion cut to education that will lead to larger class sizes, teacher layoffs, program reductions, and skyrocketing property taxes.

That is why Gov. Wolf is fighting to include $250 million for basic education in this year’s budget.

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