2019-20 State Budget
The 2019-20 state budget was completed on time and signed into law by Gov. Wolf on June 28, 2019. The $34 billion spending plan inserted into House Bill 790, is a spending increase of $596 million, or 1.8%, over the 2018-19 budget.
The basic education funding subsidy (BEF) received an increase of $160 million, a 2.6% increase. Adding the $160 into the formula will mean a total of nearly $700 million will go through the formula. The total BEF line item appropriation is $6.74 billion. That number includes the school district portion of Social Security payments at $487.8 million, which will be going into the BEF base.
Other budget highlights include a boost for special education by $50 million, or 4.4%, to $1.186 billion. Funding for career and technical education receives a $7 million increase from $92 million to $99 million. Funding for career and technical education equipment grants received a $3 million increase from $2.5 million to $5.5 million. In addition, the budget includes funding for the Ready to Learn Block Grant at $268 million and $60 million for school safety and security grants.
Among the budget-related bills of interest are school safety packages under Senate Bill 144, now Act 18, and Senate Bill 621, now Act 67. In addition, Senate Bill 700, now Act 70, updates the process known as PlanCon for state reimbursement of public school construction projects.
“PSBA thanks the General Assembly for its steady commitment to public schools. This budget continues needed investments as the cost of mandated programs and services continue to rise,” said PSBA Chief Executive Officer Nathan G. Mains.
PSBA budget-related reports
Video EDtion report (featuring CEO Nathan G. Mains and Chief Advocacy Officer John Callahan)
School district subsidy documents from the PA Dept. of Education (PDE)