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Secretary Pedro A. Rivera’s 2018-19 Testimony to the House Appropriations Committee (PDF)
Secretary Pedro A. Rivera’s 2018-19 Testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee (PDF)


Summary of State Appropriations for Education
The following file contains a summary of Governor Wolf's proposed 2018-19 Department of Education appropriation funding levels.
 
 
Basic Education Funding
Governor Wolf’s proposed budget includes $6,095,079,000 for the 2018-19 Basic Education Funding appropriation.  This amount is a $100,000,000 increase (1.7 percent) over the 2017-18 appropriation.

New dollars after the 2014-2015 fiscal year, totaling approximately $538,700,000, will be distributed based on the formula recommended by the Basic Education Funding Commission and enacted by the General Assembly in Act 35 of 2016.

2018-19 Proposed Basic Education Funding (Excel)
 
Special Education Funding
Governor Wolf’s proposed budget includes $1,141,815,000 for the 2018-19 Special Education Funding appropriation. This amount is a $20,000,000 increase (1.8 percent) over the 2017-18 appropriation.

New dollars after the 2013-2014 fiscal year, totaling approximately $107,525,000, will be distributed based on categories of support for students with disabilities.
 
 
The 2018-19 Special Education appropriation also includes funding of approximately $86,000,0000 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. 
 
Ready to Learn Block Grant
Governor Wolf’s proposed budget includes $250,000,000 for the 2018-19 Ready to Learn Block Grant appropriation. This amount is the same as the 2017-18 appropriation.

 
Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy
Governor Wolf’s proposed budget includes approximately $59,639,000 for the 2018-19 Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy.

Narrative description and estimated allocation