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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 the Department of Education appropriation funding levels in the 2018-19 enacted budget.


 
Basic Education Funding
The 2018-19 enacted 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 Enacted Basic Education Funding (Excel)
 
Special Education Funding

The 2018-19 enacted budget includes $1,136,815,000 for the 2018-19 Special Education appropriation. This amount is a $15,000,000 increase (1.3 percent) over the 2017-18 appropriation.

New dollars after the 2013-2014 fiscal year, totaling approximately $102,850,000, will be distributed based on categories of support for students with disabilities.


The 2018-19 Special Education appropriation also includes funding of approximately $86,000,000 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. 

 
Ready to Learn Block Grant

The 2018-19 enacted budget contains $268,000,000 for the Ready to Learn Block Grant an increase of $18,000,000 over 2017-18 appropriation.  The spreadsheet posted below contains allocations based on the original $250,000,000.  Allocations for the additional $18,000,000 will be determined at a later date. 

 
Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy

The 2018-19 enacted budget includes approximately $59,639,000 for the Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy.

Narrative description and estimated allocation