Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget proposal earmarks $125 million increase in two key funding streams for school districts.
That would bring the basic education funding up to more than $6.35 billion, not including the half million to help cover employees’ Social Security costs, and special education funding up to $1.12 billion.
Basic education is the primary state financial support that school districts receive to help cover their operating costs while special education funds are targeted toward delivering services to students with special needs.
Based on information provided by the state Department of Education, the state’s funding formulas used to distribute basic education dollars would result in 27 school districts receiving a reduction from this year – none of them are in the Capital Region. Meanwhile, Columbia Borough in Lancaster County, York Suburban in York County and Steel Valley in Allegheny County would be slated to receive the biggest basic ed increases with percentages that top 6%.
The following is a searchable database that allows you to find how much money your district would receive under the governor’s proposed funding scenario for basic education and how that differs from what it received this year. (If you are unable to see the database, please click here.)
Below it, you will find a searchable database that provides the same details about the distribution of the proposed special education funding under the governor’s budget. (If you are unable to see that database, please click here.)
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