The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) believes Governor Tom Wolf's proposed 2018-19 state budget is a positive move for the commonwealth's public schools. The proposed increases would continue desperately needed investments in the future of Pennsylvania. Even with these increases, public schools continue to face huge increases in costs outside of their control such as pensions and special education.
“There are few things more important than properly funding public education, which helps secure our children's future and strengthen this commonwealth,” said PSBA CEO Nathan G. Mains. “This budget does just that, and we encourage the General Assembly at a minimum to preserve these increases and if possible to add to them.”
Even with these increases, we cannot forget that mandated pension costs will go up this year by at least an estimated $200 million and special education costs by at least an estimated $260 million, which the proposed increases do not fully cover.
Pennsylvania ranks in or near the top 10 in math and reading nationally and more than 88% of students are graduating from public school districts in four years, above the national average. These results are largely due to legislators and the governor continuing to make education a priority. Our schools are successful, but only in partnership with the Governor and state legislators can we continue to improve.
PSBA looks forward to working with the General Assembly throughout the budget process to ensure public education funding continues to move in the right direction.
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.
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