Pennsylvania Budget Includes More Money For Education

Pennsylvania Budget Includes More Money For Education
Your advocacy has helped to ensure significant increases in education funding for the 2022-23 school year in Pennsylvania. The $45.3 billion budget signed last week represents an increase of $1.3 billion, or 3%, from last year’s budget when supplemental spending and federal stimulus spending are included.

Top Level Highlights

·         A $525 million increase in the Basic Education (BEF) subsidy to be run through the BEF formula.

·         A $225 million Level-Up Supplement for 100 school districts.

·         A $100 million increase in the Special Education (SEF) subsidy.

·         A $6.1 million increase for career and technical education, the first boost for CTE since the 2019-20 budget.

·         $200 million of additional funding for school safety and security and mental health initiatives.

·         The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) received more than a 15% increase, or a $75 million boost, in basic funding, the largest one-time increase since the system was founded in 1983.

·         PASSHE will also receive $125 million in one-time stimulus funds to help it continue to a system redesign.

·         PA Community Colleges will receive an $11 million increase, about 4%.

It is possible that many districts across Pennsylvania did not anticipate this level of funding from the state. Using the links below, you can see how much funding your district will receive. Pay particular attention if your district is receiving any Level Up funding. Now is the time to have conversations with administrators to see if they have unanticipated funding that can be used for music education.

Click HERE for estimated basic and special education distributions for each school district.

Click HERE for the estimated distribution of school safety and mental health grants for each school district.

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