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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 2020-2021 fiscal year budget.

2020-2021 Proposed Summary of State Education Appropriations (Excel)

Basic Education Funding

Governor Wolf’s proposed 2020-2021 fiscal year budget includes $6,857,471,000 in the Basic Education Funding appropriation. This amount is a $100,000,000 increase (1.6 percent) over the 2019-2020 formula portion of the appropriation. In addition, as required by the Pennsylvania Public School Code, the 2020-2021 appropriation includes $502,392,000 for the School Employees’ Social Security portion of the appropriation, which must be used for School Employees’ Social Security payments to school districts.  This amount is a $14,633,000 increase (3.0%) over the 2019-2020 Social Security portion of the appropriation.

New dollars after the 2014-2015 fiscal year, totaling approximately $798,667,194, 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.

2020-2021 Proposed Basic Education Funding (Excel)
2019-2020 Estimated Basic Education Funding (Excel)

Special Education Funding

Governor Wolf’s proposed 2020-2021 fiscal year budget includes $1,211,815,000 for the Special Education appropriation. This amount is a $25,000,000 increase (2.1 percent) over the 2019-2020 fiscal year appropriation.

For the Special Education Funding component, new dollars after the 2013-2014 fiscal year, totaling approximately $172,975,000 will be distributed based on categories of support for students with disabilities.

2020-2021 Proposed Special Education Funding (Excel)
2019-2020 Estimated Special Education Funding (Excel)

The 2020-2021 fiscal year Special Education appropriation also includes funding of approximately $91,304,000 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, special education for students placed out of state.

Ready to Learn Block Grant

Governor Wolf’s proposed 2020-2021 fiscal year budget includes $268,000,000 for the Ready to Learn Block Grant. The spreadsheet contains allocations based on the distribution of the 2019-20 Ready to Learn Block Grant appropriation.

2020-2021 Proposed Ready to Learn Block Grant (Excel)

Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy

Governor Wolf’s proposed 2020-2021 fiscal year budget includes $66,639,000 for the Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy.

Narrative description and proposed allocation