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Summary of State Appropriations for Education 2016-2017 Fiscal Year
 
The following file contains a summary of the proposed funding levels for 2016-2017 for Department of Education appropriations.  In addition, the file includes supplemental funding levels for 2015-2016 based on Act 1A of 2016.
Basic Education Funding
 
The Governor’s Budget proposed a $200,000,000 increase for 2016-2017 Basic Education Funding.  The proposed total appropriation will be $6,122,078,000, which includes $241,999,000 appropriated for school districts as Ready to Learn Block Grant in 2015-2016. 
 
New dollars after the 2014-2015 fiscal year, $352,398,840, will be distributed based on the formula recommended by the Basic Education Funding Commission.
The 2015-2016 Basic Education Funding appropriation is $5,680,079,000, an increase of $150,000,000 over the amount appropriated for 2014-2015.  The increase over the sum of the amounts allocated to school districts in 2014-2015, $152,398,840, will be distributed using the formula recommended by the Basic Education Funding Commission in June 2015 and enacted in The Fiscal Code (Act 25 of 2016).
 
The 2015-2016 Ready to Learn Block Grant appropriation is $250,000,000, an increase of $50,000,000 over the amount appropriated for 2014-2015.  Allocations for school districts and charter schools will be distributed using the formula enacted in The Fiscal Code (Act 25 of 2016).
Special Education Funding
 
The Governor’s Budget proposed a $50,000,000 increase to the 2016-2017 Special Education appropriation.  The proposed total appropriation will be $1,126,815,000.

For the Special Education Funding component, new dollars after the 2013-2014 fiscal year, $93,500,000, will be distributed based on categories of support for students with disabilities.
The 2016-2017 Special Education appropriation also includes funding of approximately $85,000,000 for the following components:  Special Education Contingency Fund, Core Services funding to intermediate units, Institutionalized Children's Program funding, special education for wards of state students, and special education for students placed out of state.
 
The 2015-2016 Special Education Funding appropriation is $1,076,815,000.

For the Special Education Funding component, new dollars after the 2013-2014 fiscal year, $46,750,000, will be distributed based on categories of support for students with disabilities.