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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 the enacted 2020-2021 fiscal year budget.

2020-21 Summary of State Education Appropriations (Excel)

Basic Education Funding

The 2020-21 fiscal year enacted budget includes $6,805,954,000 for the Basic Education Funding appropriation.  In compliance with the 2020-21 fiscal year Pennsylvania Public School Code, the Basic Education Funding portion is equal to the amount appropriated in the 2019-20 fiscal year. In addition, as also required by the Pennsylvania Public School Code, the 2020-21 fiscal year appropriation includes $550,875,000 for the School Employees’ Social Security portion of the appropriation, which must be used for School Employees’ Social Security payments to school districts. The November 2020 enacted budget increased the School Employees' Social Security amount by $63,116,000 over the 2019-20 fiscal year.

There will be no formula run for the 2020-21 fiscal year as allocations are legislated to be identical to the 2019-20 fiscal year. 

2020-21 Estimated Basic Education Funding (Excel)
2019-20 Final Basic Education Funding (Excel)

Special Education Funding

The 2020-21 fiscal year enacted budget includes $1,186,815,000 for the Special Education appropriation. In compliance with the 2020-21 fiscal year Pennsylvania Public School Code, this amount is equal to the amount appropriated in the 2019-20 fiscal year.

There will be no formula run for the 2020-21 fiscal year as allocations are legislated to be identical to the 2019-20 fiscal year. 

2020-21 Estimated Special Education Funding (Excel)
2019-20 Final Special Education Funding (Excel)

The 2020-21 fiscal year Special Education appropriation also includes funding of approximately $89,679,000 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

The 2020-21 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 2019-20 fiscal year Ready to Learn Block Grant appropriation.

2020-2021 Ready to Learn Block Grant (Excel)

Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy

The 2020-2021 fiscal year enacted budget includes $66,639,000 for the Secondary Career and Technical Education Subsidy.

Read the narrative description and estimated allocations.