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Education Budget

Summary of State Appropriations for Education

The following file contains a summary of the funding levels for the state education appropriations in Governor Wolf’s proposed 2021-22 fiscal year budget.

2021-22 Proposed Summary of State Education Appropriations (Excel)

Basic Education Funding

Governor’s Wolf’s proposed 2021-22 fiscal year budget includes $8,133,774,000 for the Basic Education Funding appropriation. This amount is a $1,352,056,000 (21.6%) increase over the 2020-21 fiscal year appropriation.  The new investments for classroom funding include a $1,152,056,000 initiative to distribute all existing state- level Basic Education Funding through the student-weighted formula with no negative funding impacts to school districts and a $200,000,000 initiative to continue sustained investment in school districts.  In addition, as required by the Pennsylvania Public School Code, the 2021-22 fiscal year proposed appropriation includes $526,639,000 for the School Employees’ Social Security portion of the appropriation, which must be used for School Employees’ Social Security payments to school districts. 

2021-22 Proposed Basic Education Funding (Excel)
2020-21 Estimated Basic Education Funding (Excel)

Special Education Funding

Governor Wolf’s proposed 2021-22 fiscal year budget includes $1,386,815,000 for the Special Education appropriation. This amount is a $200,000,000 increase (16.85%) over the 2020-21 fiscal year appropriation.  

For the Special Education funding component, new dollars after the 2013-2014 fiscal year total approximately $336,600,000.

2021-22 Proposed Special Education Funding (Excel)
2020-21 Estimated Special Education Funding (Excel)

The 2021-22 fiscal year Special Education appropriation also includes funding of approximately $102,679,169 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 2021-22 fiscal year enacted budget includes $268,000,000 for the Ready to Learn Block Grant. The spreadsheet contains allocations based on the distribution of the 2020-21 fiscal year Ready to Learn Block Grant appropriation.

2021-22 Proposed Ready to Learn Block Grant (Excel)

Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy

Governor Wolf’s proposed 2021-22 fiscal year budget includes approximately $66,639,000 for the Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy.

Read the narrative description and estimated allocations.