The state’s finalized $ 40.8 billion budget includes another record amount spent on kindergarten to grade 12 education in Pennsylvania.
Overall, it brings basic education funding to support district operations to over $ 7 billion, a 4% increase, while special education funding stands at over $ 7 billion. $ 1.2 billion, an increase of 4.2%.
The increase in the basic education budget line includes an additional $ 200 million spread across Districts across the Commonwealth with an additional $ 100 million for the 100 historically underfunded districts that disproportionately serve students of color, students living in poverty, students with disabilities and learners of English.
In the south-central Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York, these underfunded districts are: the Shippensburg area in Cumberland County; Harrisburg and Steelton-Highspire in Dauphin County; Lebanon in the county of Lebanon; Columbia Borough, Ephrata Area and Lancaster in Lancaster County; and the city of York in the county of York.
All but seven school districts will receive an increase in their public funding to support basic education. The York Suburban School District is expected to receive the largest percentage increase of all districts with over 20%. Some 225 districts will receive between 2% and 5% increase, including many in the counties of south-central Pennsylvania.
On special education, all but 12 of the Commonwealth districts will see an increase in the support they receive from the state to educate students with disabilities.
Dauphin County’s Steelton-Highspire School District will see an 11.9% increase, the fourth-highest percentage increase in the state. The district receiving the largest percentage increase, at 14%, is the Riverside School District in Lackawanna County.
Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign the budget this week.
Use this searchable database to see how much public funds your school district is expected to receive for basic education in 2021-2022.
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Use this searchable database to see how much state funding your school district is expected to receive for special education this coming year.
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