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​Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy

The Governor’s Budget includes $59,639,000 for the 2019-20 Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy (SCTES).

The formula for the SCTES is described in section 2502.8 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code.

Reimbursement is provided for the following vocational programs: agriculture education, distributive education, health occupations education, home economics education (gainful), business education, technical education, trade and industrial education, or any other occupational-oriented program approved by the Secretary of Education.

The subsidy is calculated as follows:

  • Determine the vocational average daily membership (VADM) by: multiplying the average daily membership of students in vocational programs in a career and technology center by 0.21; multiplying the average daily membership of students in vocational programs in a school district (SD) or charter school by 0.17.

  • Determine the based earned for reimbursement (BER) using the state median actual instruction expense per weighted average daily membership (AIE/WADM) and the equalized mills (EqM):

BER = State Median AIE/WADM – Highest EqM – SD EqM x $200
                                                     Highest EqM – Lowest EqM

  • The fully funded amount equals the lesser of the AIE/WADM or the BER multiplied by the greater of the market value/personal income aid ratio or 0.3750 multiplied by the VADM.

  • For the 2000-2001 school year and each school year thereafter, any additional funding provided by the Commonwealth over the amount provided for the 1998-1999 school year will be distributed to area vocational-technical schools, to school districts and charter schools with eight or more vocational programs, and to school districts and charter schools offering a vocational agriculture education program.
  • The following files provide the Governor’s proposed and estimated funding allocations for the 2019-20 and 2018-19 fiscal years, respectively.

2019-2020 Proposed Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy (Excel)
2018-2019 Estimated Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy (Excel)