2019-20 State Budget
On Feb. 5, 2019, Gov. Tom Wolf presented a $34.15 billion state budget proposal for 2019-20. Highlights of the budget include a $200 million increase for basic education funding (BEF) subsidy. The budget also includes a $50 million increase for special education and a $10 million increase for career and technical education. Most other programs received modest increases or were level funded.
PSBA commends the governor’s steady commitment to public schools. While education generally fares well under the proposed budget, the total proposed increases must be viewed with the fact that school boards continue to face huge increases in mandated costs outside of their control, including expenditures for pensions and charter school tuition. PSBA is disappointed that the governor’s budget did not include funding for school building projects or address the need to reform the state’s reimbursement program for construction and renovation projects.
PSBA will be working with the General Assembly throughout the budget process to ensure public education funding continues to move in the right direction.
This page will be updated with information and news related to the 2019-20 state budget, which must be adopted by June 30.
Education subsidy documents from the PA Dept. of Education (PDE)