The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) is pleased that Gov. Tom Wolf is again promoting an increased investment in education by proposing a more than $200 million increase in spending for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
“Few things are as important as the investment we make in our children's education,” said PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains. “The fiscal challenges of the state are real and projected revenue is falling short, which makes this proposal so significant. Education is the key to keeping Pennsylvania competitive, and this funding will continue moving the state forward in the right direction.”
The governor's proposal would put $100 million into basic education, $25 million into special education and $75 million into early childhood education.
In addition to this funding increase, PSBA encourages the General Assembly and the governor to pass pension reform, support a charter school funding commission, apply the special education formula to charter schools, and implement property tax reform that diversifies the tax structure, provides relief to taxpayers and meets the financial needs of our students.
“For years, school directors have been asking for unfunded mandate relief,” Mains said. “Coupled with increased funding, mandate relief would keep more money in our schools to allow resources to go where they belong – in the classroom.”
PSBA will continue to work with members of the General Assembly through the months ahead of budget negotiations, and asks them to put aside partisan differences and work together for the future of our children and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
PSBA is a nonprofit statewide association of public school boards, pledged to the highest ideals of local lay leadership for the public schools of the commonwealth. Founded in 1895, PSBA was the first school boards association established in the United States.